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Marcia Jones Smoke

Full name: Marcia Ingram Jones Smoke
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: July 18, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Affiliations: Niles Kayak Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Sister of Sperry Rademaker; Husband (divorced) of Bill Smoke; Mother of Jeff Smoke.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Marcia Jones Smoke is easily the United States' greatest woman kayaker. She graduated from Michigan State in 1964, by which time she had already won several national championships as Marcia Jones. She remained Marcia Jones through the 1964 Olympics where she won her bronze medal. Though she was beaten fairly decisively by the Russian gold medalist, she narrowly missed the silver medal. She competed in two more Olympics as Marcia Smoke, just missing another bronze in 1968 when she finished fourth in the K-1 event. In 1976 Marcia Smoke was a member of the K-4 National Champions and this gave her 34 Senior National Championships, surpassing the U.S. canoeing record of 33 held by Ernie Riedel. Amazingly she returned in 1981 to win another national title, this one in the K-4 500 meter event, giving her 35 in all. She has also won 24 North American Championships and at the 1967 Pan-American Games, she won three gold medals – in K-1, K-2, and K-4. The only American who ever defeated Marcia Smoke in her prime was her sister, Olympian Sperry Jones Rademaker.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Canoeing Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres United States USA 4
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres United States USA 7
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres United States USA 9

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Canoeing United States Final Round 3 2:15.68
1964 Summer 23 Tokyo Canoeing United States Round One Heat Two 2 QU 2:11.50
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States Final Round 4 2:14.68
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States Repêchage 1 QU 2:12.67
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States Round One Heat One 4 2:09.60
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing United States Final Round 9 2:07.98
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 2:09.13
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing United States Repêchage Heat One 1 QU/OB 2:06.19
1972 Summer 31 München Canoeing United States Round One Heat One 4 2:12.43

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States USA Sperry Rademaker Final Round 1968-10-25 2:02.97
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States USA Sperry Rademaker Repêchage 1968-10-24 2:04.54
1968 Summer 27 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States USA Sperry Rademaker Round One Heat One 1968-10-22 2:08.90
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