As a sprinter at the University of Texas from 1952-1954, Dean Smith won seven Southwest Conference track championships. He won conference titles in the 100 and 220 and also ran on three winning 440- yard relay teams. Smith was also a halfback on the Longhorns' 1952 SWC championship football team. He won an Olympic gold medal as the first leg of the 440-yard relay team at the 1952 Olympic Games. Ironically, he is best remembered for being victimized in the controversial 100 yard dash at Helsinki. The first four runners were timed in 10.4 seconds in a photo finish, but the judges ruled Smith fourth after a long delay. Smith's athletic skills later enabled him to become one of the leading stuntmen and supporting actors in movies and television. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Dean Smith

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