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Competed in two-man (K-2) 1,000-meter sprint for United States at 2004 Athens Olympics, reaching the semifinals before finishing seventh in that round of the competition ... comes from a family of Olympians, with his mother Marcia earning a bronze in the K-1 500 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Games, while his father William competed in the same Olympics in the K-4 1,000 meters (eliminated in the second repechage) and his aunt, the late Sperry Rademaker, placed seventh in the K-2 500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Did not compete in intercollegiate athletics while attending Notre Dame, graduating from the the University in 2000 with his bachelor's degree in finance ... he picked up the sport of kayaking a year after his graduation as a means to remain physically fit, and three years later, he qualified for the Olympics.

Only athlete with Notre Dame connections ever to compete in an Olympic kayak, canoe or rowing event (although rower Amanda Polk is an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team) ... he also is one of four athletes to qualify for the Olympics in a sport other than the one he competed in during his career at Notre Dame, a short list that also includes three-time (1988, 1992, 1996) U.S. modern pentathlete Mike Gostigian of the United (who was a fencer in college), two-time (2002, 2006) Hungarian bobsledder Marton Gyulai (ran track at Notre Dame), and 2000 U.S. triathlete Nick Radkewich (who also competed in track & cross country for the Fighting Irish).

A native of Buchanan, Mich., Smoke now makes his home in Chicago, where he works as a derivatives trader.

Jeff Smoke
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August 25
L, 2-0
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
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August 26
5:00 PM
Indiana vs. New Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 26
W, 4-0
UC Irvine
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August 26
W, 3-0
Seton Hall
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
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August 27
12:30 PM
Cleveland State
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August 27
7:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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August 28
11:30 AM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 28
2:00 PM
New Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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August 28
5:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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5:00 PM
Stanford
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)

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7:00 PM
Illinois State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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September 3
12:30 PM
Howard
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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September 3
7:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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All Day
Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge
Notre Dame, Indiana (Warren Golf Course)
September 4
6:30 PM
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Austin, Texas

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September 4
12:30 PM
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Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 4
5:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 4
5:30 PM
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Valparaiso, Ind. (Sunset Hills Farm)
September 9
7:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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September 9
10:30 PM
Santa Clara
San Jose, Calif. (Buck Shaw Stadium)
September 9
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
3:30 PM
Nevada
Notre Dame, Ind.

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September 10
11:00 AM
San Diego State
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
7:00 PM
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Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 11
2:00 PM
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Stanford, Calif. (Cagan Stadium)
September 12
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September 13
7:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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September 13
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September 16
7:00 PM
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Louisville, Ky. (Lynn Stadium)

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September 16
11:30 AM
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East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 16
3:30 PM
National Catholic
Notre Dame, Ind. (ND Golf Course)
September 16
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 17
7:30 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind.

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September 17
1:00 PM
DePaul
East Lansing, Mich. (Jenison Field House)
September 18
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (SU Soccer Stadium)
September 22
7:00 PM
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Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Soccer Field)
September 23
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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September 23
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 23
All Day
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Scottsdale, Arizona (Mirabel Golf Club)
September 24
3:30 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind.

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September 24
All Day
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Norman, Oklahoma (Belmar Golf Club)
September 24
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Scottsdale, Arizona (Mirabel Golf Club)
September 25
1:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 25
11:30 AM
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Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
September 25
All Day
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Norman, Oklahoma (Belmar Golf Club)
September 25
All Day
Georgia State Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Scottsdale, Arizona (Mirabel Golf Club)
September 26
All Day
U. of Oklahoma Schooner Fall Classic
Norman, Oklahoma (Belmar Golf Club)
September 30
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Ambrose Urbanic Field)

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September 30
1:00 PM
Michigan State/Iowa
East Lansing, Mich. (McCaffree Pool)
September 30
1:00 PM
Michigan State/Iowa
East Lansing, Mich. (McCaffree Pool)
September 30
2:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (ND Golf Course)
September 30
7:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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