- NAME: Willie Davenport
- OCCUPATION: Track and Field Athlete, Military Leader
- BIRTH DATE: June 08, 1943
- DEATH DATE: June 17, 2002
- Did You Know?: In 1980, Willie Davenport became one of the first two African Americans to compete at the Winter Olympics, and only the fourth American to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games.
- EDUCATION: Howland High School, Southern University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Troy, Alabama
- PLACE OF DEATH: Chicago, Illinois
- Full Name: William D. Davenport
- AKA: William Davenport
- AKA: Willie Davenport
- Nickname: Breeze
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American track star Willie Davenport won a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics and competed at the 1980 Winter Games with the U.S. bobsled team.
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Although the U.S. team finished well out of the running in 12th place, Davenport was proud of his historical accomplishment.
Davenport was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1982, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990.
Davenport held several positions after stepping away from the track, serving on the National Fitness Leaders Association, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the National Black College Alumni Association. He also coached the All-Army men's and women's track teams to four undefeated seasons from 1993 to '96.
Davenport became a colonel in the Army National Guard was working as chief of the National Guard Bureau's Office of Sports Management when he suffered a fatal heart attack at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on June 17, 2002.
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