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Dink Templeton

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Lyman "Dink"•Templeton
Used nameDink•Templeton
Born27 May 1897 in Helena, Montana (USA)
Died7 August 1962 in Palo Alto, California (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsStanford Cardinal, Stanford (USA)
NOC United States


Dink Templeton was a rugby, track and football star at Stanford, but his greatest influence at “The Farm” was as a coach. After graduating in 1921 he was immediately appointed track coach at the age of 24. He remained in the post until 1939 and developed many world record breakers and winning teams. Templeton also earned a law degree and, in addition to his duties at Stanford, was a broadcaster and journalist and coached at the Olympic Club. His overall influence on the development of California sports was immeasurable. At the 1920 Olympics, Dink placed fourth in the long jump in track and field in addition to his rugby exploits. In the match against France he clinched the rugby gold medal for the U.S. with a 55-yard drop goal.

Personal Best: LJ – 7.085 (1920).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Dink Templeton
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 4
Rugby (Rugby) USA Dink Templeton
Rugby, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold