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Sperry Rademaker

Full name: Sperry Joanna Jones Rademaker
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: October 4, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: January 31, 2005
Affiliations: Orlando Kayak Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Sister of Marcia Jones Smoke; Sister-in-law of Bill Smoke; Aunt of Jeff Smoke.

Biography

Sperry Rademaker was a superb athlete in multiple sports. She played on the 1961 AAU champion in water polo. In 1965, while a student at Michigan State, she won the Michigan AAU title in cross-country running. And in 1968, she competed alongside her sister, Marcia Jones Smoke, kayak doubles at the Mexico City Olympics. However, Olympic canoeing was far too short a distance for Sperry Rademaker.

In 1973 Rademaker won the US Canoe Association national title in the C-2 marathon, placing third in 1974. Over the next five years, she had six podium finishes in various marathon canoe national championships. She and her husband, Jack Rademaker, competed in mixed events with some success. Rademaker later turned to triathlons, competing in them in her 40s and 50s.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres United States USA 7

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States USA Marcia Jones Smoke Final Round 1968-10-25
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States USA Marcia Jones Smoke Repêchage 1968-10-24
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Canoeing United States USA Marcia Jones Smoke Round One Heat One 1968-10-22
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