Name: Sinjin Smith
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-3
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
College: UCLA, '79
Olympic Experience
  • 1996, Tied for fifth
Other Career Highlights
  • Smith has competed in more beach events than any other player (416 total, 105 FIVB)
  • Tied for fifth at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with Carl Henkel
  • Won two World Championships with Randy Stoklos
  • Inducted into the UCLA Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, following a career that included two NCAA titles (1976, '79)
  • Current FIVB Beach Control Committee Technical Delegate
  • DID YOU KNOW
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  • Credited with 139 career victories, Smith retired with a total winnings of $1,625,860
  • Has 10 FIVB victories and was the FIVB Tour Championship four times, all with Randy Stoklos (1989, 90, 91, 92)
  • After retiring in 2011, his 10 FIVB victories still rank him at 17th all-time, added with domestic wins (129), he ranks second all-time in wins
  • Final career tournament was the 2001 Manhattan Beach Open with George Roumain, duo finished ninth
  • Posted a season high three FIVB World Tour wins in 1992 and 1991. 1992, Smith yielded $103,000 in winnings
  • In 1986, Smith won 17 tournaments, out of 24 competed, on the AVP Tour, all with Randy Stoklos
  • Won bronze at the 1994 Goodwill Games
  • Made his international FIVB debut at the 1987 Rio de Janeiro tournament with Stoklos, duo won the event
  • In his career, played in Rio de Janeiro 10 times, the most out of any location internationally that he played - won five of those tournaments
  • At the 1996 Olympics, lost to eventual gold medalists Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes in the quarterfinals, tying him for fifth
  • Smith is a member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (1991), the International Volleyball Hall of Fame (2003) and the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame (2002)
  • His No. 22 jersey was the second UCLA volleyball jersey to be retired
  • Former athlete representative of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors, President of the AVP and President of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Council, BOD member for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the United States Youth Volleyball League
  • Member of the USAV Men's National Team for four years (1979-82)
Personal: Appeared in an episode of Magnum, P.I., and in the movie "Side Out!"...Authored the book, "Kings of the Beach"