Dick Lyon

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Avery "Dick"•Lyon
Used nameDick•Lyon
Born7 September 1939 in San Fernando, California (USA)
Died8 July 2019 in Huntington Lake, Fresno County, California (USA)
Measurements191 cm / 84 kg
AffiliationsLake Washington RC, Seattle (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


A Stanford graduate, class of 1961, Dick Lyon rowed for the United States in two Olympic Games. In 1964 he had the two-oar for the Lake Washington RC four that took a bronze medal in Tokyo. In 1966 Lyon rowed for both a national and a world champion in that same event. In 1972 he again qualified for the Olympic team, this time in the coxIess pairs with Larry Hough, but they failed to make the finals.

Lyon was an electrical and mechanical engineering major at Stanford, and made his living as an engineer, for many years with Hewlett-Packard. He used those talents to help design the ergometer testing technique which is used by all major crews to help test the efficiency of their rowers.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Dick Lyon
Coxless Fours, Men (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze
1972 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Dick Lyon
Coxless Pairs, Men (Olympic) Larry Hough 9