Dean Smith isn’t a stranger to proudly owning athletic information, however he found his rowing prowess solely later in life. At 95, he now holds the boys’s light-weight age 90-99 2k world report with a time of 9:55.8. His new report shaves over 30 seconds from the earlier time.
An completed runner, Smith solely tried rowing in 2003 when his knees not allowed him to run. His buddy and coach Tim Miskiewicz launched the then 77-year-old Smith to rowing. As his spouse, Priscilla Smith, explains, “Dean took to rowing ‘like water’ and has loved the game and competitors ever since, even when, at that time, it was on a landlocked Concept2 RowErg.”
Smith’s athletic resume features a highschool mile run report and Corridor of Fame recognition at each the highschool (Canton, Illinois) and collegiate ranges (Bradley College, Peoria, Illinois). As a masters runner, he’s an eight-time US Champion within the 800m distance. As soon as he began indoor rowing, he skilled success at indoor races such because the CRASH-Bs. He’s gained many coveted hammers (awarded to every CRASH-B age group winner) through the years.
At age 80, Smith signed up for on water rowing classes at Rocky Mountain Rowing Membership. He instantly set his sights excessive, declaring his aim to win a gold medal in worldwide competitors. Regardless of the doubt of the membership veterans that he may accomplish such a lofty aim as a rookie to the game, Smith skilled arduous and went on to win a gold medal within the males’s single on the FISA (now known as World Rowing) Masters Championship in Princeton, New Jersey.
Smith rowed to his indoor 9:55.8 victory on the Huntsman World Senior Video games, held in St. George, Utah, on October 15, 2021. This was the primary time indoor rowing was included in this system. The Huntsman Video games is a global sporting occasion selling lifelong health for these age 50 or older. The occasion now consists of over 34 completely different disciplines for athletes to compete in. Along with the 2k, Smith gained his different occasion, 5k (26:02.3). Rowing has even develop into a household affair: daughter Susan, age 65, additionally competed on the Huntsman Video games, and gained her 2k and 5k occasions.
Whereas vertigo has moved Smith’s rowing profession to indoor competitors solely, he nonetheless stays aggressive and motivated with the help of the Rocky Mountain Rowing Membership. At age 95, Smith takes no drugs and credit a nutritious diet and rowing for his good well being. We sit up for seeing extra sturdy strokes from such a profitable athlete.