Q. During the late 1960s, I became acquainted with former Olympian Adam Smith (swimmer). He resided at 4916 Oleander Drive and was retired from the Wilmington YMCA. Once on a visit to his home, he showed me his medals.Can the Star-News do a story on Mr. Smith’s 1924 Summer Olympic involvement?
A. Here’s what MyReporter was able to find out:
Adam Wyman Smith was an Olympic swimmer at the 1924 Paris games representing the United States. According to North Carolina death records and sports-reference.com, Smith was born Dec. 28, 1903, in Bradford, Pa., and later moved to Wilmington, where he died April 8, 1985.
Smith swam the 1,500 meter freestyle in the 1924 games, but did not win a medal or make the championship heat of the event. Smith finished fourth in his semifinal heat with a time of 22:39.8.
It’s unclear when or why Smith moved to Wilmington, but he did spend at least the last years of his life here.
Date posted: August 21, 2012
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