Dwight Edwin Stones is an American television commentator….a two-time Olympic bronze medalist at 1972 Munich Olympics and 1976 Montreal Olympics….becoming the first athlete to both compete and serve as an announcer at the same Olympics. During his 16-year career…he was the world record holder three times in the men’s high jump….he won 19 national championships.. Since then, he has been a color analyst for all three major networks in the United States….and continues to cover track and field on television today. He served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Track and Field at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Born in Los Angeles, California….Stones set a national high school record in 1971 at 2.17 m (7 ft 1 1⁄2 in)….then won the bronze medal at age 18 at the 1972 Munich Olympics….then he set his first world record the following summer when he cleared 2.30 m (7 ft 6 1⁄2 in) also at Munich. That jump also made him the first “flop” jumper to set a world record….five years after Dick Fosbury made that style famous while winning the gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics….raising his world record to 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in) in 1976 at the NCAA Championships at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in June….addin another centimeter to the record two months later.