Name: Dee Smith
Sport: Sailing
Classification: 2.4mR
Height: 5-7
Weight: 185
DOB: 8/20/1952
Birthplace: San Francisco, Calif.
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
College: West Valley College ’71, Engineering
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 4th (2.4mR)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2016 – 5th (2.4mR)
  • Years of participation: 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2016
  • Medals: 3 (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2005 (IMS)
  • Silver – 1996 (Mumm 36)
  • Bronze – 2002 (Farr 40)
Personal: While competing with an America’s Cup challenger syndicate in 2007, Smith was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, a condition that also impacted his spine. Smith was given less than a year to live by his doctors, but was able to beat the odds. Nevertheless, he was left with significantly reduced mobility as a result of spinal damage. A subsequent bicycle accident also left him with a permanent injury to one of his legs. He was classified as a Paralympic-class competitor in the spring of 2015....Son of Peter and Lu Smith…Has two brothers, Bob and David, and two sisters, Marianne and Noelani…Married to Jocelyn Smith…Has one daughter, Tanea, and one son, Jesse…Hobbies include sailing and cycling…Founded Dee Smith Yacht Racing in 1988 in Annapolis, Maryland…Along with racing for Dee Smith Yacht Racing, he also coaches and does project management.