Karin Smith

Karin Kiefer Smith (born August 4, 1955, in Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria) is a retired female javelin thrower from the United States. She was born in Germany. She is a three-time Olympian. Smith qualified for a fourth, the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. She did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[1]


While at Cal Poly, she won the Broderick Award, (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's best female collegiate track and field competitor in 1982.[2][3]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1976 Olympic Games Montréal, Canada 8th 57.50 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th 59.76 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 8th 62.06 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 20th 57.94 m
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 3rd 58.94 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 13th 60.34 m


  1. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry (2008). Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  2. ^ "Cal Poly". Cal Poly. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  3. ^ "Track & Field". CWSA. Retrieved 2020-03-27.