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94 yr old athlete wins Gold at Worl Rowing Championships in Boston March 1st. 2020.

Byline: P D Wightman

Dean Smith, a former Oak Brook resident, won the gold medal and symbolic award hammer at the 2020 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships held in partnership with USRowing on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Boston University Track and Tennis Center.

Athletes 2000 competitors raced from more than 17 countries, ranging in age from 14 to 98.

Winning gold medals is nothing new for Dean Smith, in his late forties, Dean started running to demonstrate the importance of nutrition. With gold medals and age-group world records from his renewed running he switched to cycling when his knees started giving him problems. In 2002, a friend introduced him to Indoor rowing. Since then, Dean has won gold medals in indoor rowing in Europe and the United States, capped by national and world records for his age group at the World Indoor Rowing Championship

He joined the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club when he moved to Lone Tree, Colorado eight years ago. Since then he has won six World Championships in sculls on the water in Zagreb, Croatia, Vienna, Austria, Birmingham, England, Vilnius, Lithuania and in Varese, Italy.

"Just start slowly from where you are. Gradually increase as you are able," Dean advised about the importance of physical activity and exercise. "Don't ever quit. You can always do better than you think you can."

Dean is CEO of his own nutrition and wellness company and lives in Lone Tree, Colo., with his wife, Priscilla.

Dean is a young 94 yrs. old and takes no medication.

Google Dean Smith Rowing to see how he has been keeping active

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Author:P D Wightman
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 6, 2020
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