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Olympian Willie Davenport Interview (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-02-08

Duration: 00:02:51

Subjects: DAVENPORT, WILLIE | Olympic Games | Sports | Bobsledding | Olympic Winter Games (13th: 1980: Lake Placid, N.Y.)


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Davenport, Willie Interviewee


This segment from the February 8, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an interview with athlete Willie Davenport, a member of the United States bobsledding team competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He discusses making the transition from track and field to bobsledding, encouraging more black athletes to compete in winter sports, and President Jimmy Carter’s possible boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome