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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
Jeff  Smoke

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April 22
W, 6-5
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, IN
RECAP
April 22
L, 9-6
Boston College
Brighton, Mass. (Brighton Fields)
RECAP
April 22
3:00 PM
Indiana
Fort Wayne, Ind.
April 22
L, 6-1
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Complex)
RECAP
April 22
W, 5-2
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
RECAP
April 22
11th (304)
ACC Championship
Greensboro, North Carolina
RECAP
April 22
6th of 12 (845, -19)
ACC Championship
New London, N.C. (Old North State Club)
RECAP
April 22
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 23
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 23
10th (898)
ACC Championship
Greensboro, North Carolina
RECAP
April 24
6:05 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, IN
April 24
5:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 25
11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
April 25
TBA
ACC Championships First Round
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
April 26
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 26
2:00 PM
Virginia ACC Championships
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)

ACCN Extra
April 27
6:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN
April 27
6:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 27
6:30 PM
Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
April 27
9:00 AM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich.
April 27
6:00 PM
Duke
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)

ESPNU
April 28
1:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
Strikeout ALS Game
April 28
3:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 28
11:00 AM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich.
April 28
All Day
Dale England Cup
Bloomington, Ind.
April 29
1:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN
April 29
12:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 29
TBA
ACC Championship
Charlottesville, Va.

ESPNU
May 1
6:05 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 4
6:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 4
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind.
May 5
2:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 5
1:00 PM
Army West Point
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 6
1:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 7
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 8
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 9
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 9
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 10
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 10
10:00 AM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 11
10:00 AM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD (Campus Sites)
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 12
12:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 13
All Day
ACC Championship
Clemson, S.C.

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