Born Dec. 6, 1953, Los Angeles, Calif.
A former world record holder in the high jump, Dwight Stones was one of the world's top jumpers from 1973 to 1984. He represented the U.S. in three Olympic Games, taking third in both 1972 and 1976 and fourth in 1984. An 11-time national champion, Stones, who attended both Long Beach State and UCLA, set his first world record at Munich, Germany, in 1973 by clearing 7-6 1/2. That jump also made him the first "flop" jumper to set a world high jump record. He raised the world record to 7-7 in 1976 and added another quarter inch to the record two months later. He won the Olympic Trials in 1972 and 1984. After his athletic days, he became a television commentator.