Born April 7, 1948, San Diego, Calif.
The 1970 NCAA long jump champion while at San Diego State, Arnie Robinson achieved his greatest fame in his post-college years. The winner of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Trials long jump, Robinson was third in the 1972 Olympic long jump but took the gold medal in 1976. He was the 1971 Pan American Games champion and was second in 1975. A veteran of 10 international competitions, Robinson was also the first World Cup long jump champion in 1977. Overall, he won seven national long jump titles, six outdoors. From 1976 to 1978, he was the top ranked long jumper in the world with a career best of 27-4.75 in 1976, still 18th on the U.S. all-time list. He retired after the 1979 season but maintained his interest in the sport and became a successful club and junior college (San Diego Mesa) coach in the San Diego area. Robinson was seriously injured in an auto accident on Aug. 19, 2000.