TEXANS BRING HOME THE GOLD FROM HELSINKI OLYMPICS

by Bartee Haile
 
With the Summer Games in Rio less than a month away, let’s take a look back at the XV Olympics that began in Helsinki, Finland on Jul. 19, 1952 and featured gold-medal performances from six different Texans. In the high jump held on opening day, Walter “Buddy” Davis of Texas A&M was the favorite despite his inexperience. The Nederland product had gone to College Station on a basketball scholarship and lived up to high expectations by blossoming into a star. A childhood victim of polio, who had not been able to walk for three years, Davis went out for track in 1951 “to escape spring basketball practice because we had a coach who was a demon for workouts.” 
 
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