Dick Stearns

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Irving "Dick"•Stearns, III
Used nameDick•Stearns
Born4 September 1927 in Evanston, Illinois (USA)
Died25 January 2022 in Delavan, Wisconsin (USA)
Measurements177 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsShore & Chicago Yacht Clubs
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Dick Stearns won gold medals in the Star class at the World Championships, the 1963 Pan American Games (with Bob Halperin), and the North American Championships. At the 1964 Olympics, the U.S. failed to win a yachting gold medal for the first time since 1936 and their two silvers came in the Star and Soling classes. As helmsman on the Star entry Stearns had as his crew, Lynn Williams, who was a fellow member of the Chicago YC. Dick Stearns was a graduate of Drake and worked in the sailmaking business. In 1968 he was assistant manager of the Olympic yachting team.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Sailing USA Dick Stearns
Two Person Keelboat, Open (Olympic) Lindsay Williams 2 Silver

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