Name: Willie Davenport
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Bobsled, Track and Field
Event(s): Four-man; 110-meter Hurdles
DOB: 6/8/1943
Birthplace: Troy, Ala.
Hometown: Warren, Ohio
High School: Howland High School (Warren, Ohio)
College: Southern University
Olympic Experience
  • Five-time Olympian (1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980); two-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 1 bronze)
  • Tokyo 1964, DNF (110-meter hurdles)
  • Mexico City 1968, gold (110 hurdles)
  • Munich 1972, 4th (110 hurdles)
  • Montreal 1976, bronze (110 hurdles)
  • Lake Placid 1980, 12th (four-man)
Personal: Served as an Army paratrooper after graduating from high school in Troy, Alabama...National champion in the 60-yard hurdles in 1966, 1967 and from 1969-71...Recorded seven indoor bests and swept every race of the indoor track and field circuit in 1969...Was a member of the top American four-man bobsled team that finished 12th at the Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980...He and another member of his sled, Jeff Gadley, were the first African American Olympic bobsledders in history...Served in the National Guard following his athletic career… Inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.