San Diego Olympian Jack Davis Has Died

Jack Davis was part of the group that worked hard to get the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

By Jim Laslavic and R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:05 AM PDT
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American athletes show their medals after a sweeping victory in the 110-meter hurdles in the finals of Olympic competition in Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 28, 1956. From left are: Joel Shankle who finished third; the winner, Lee Calhoun and Jack Davis who came in second.

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San Diego lost a great Olympian and a great San Diegan.

Funeral services will be held Thursday for Jack Davis, a champion hurdler who won two Olympic silver medals in the 1950s.

Davis died Friday at a San Diego hospital from complications of a fall his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 81.

Davis was part of the group that worked hard to get the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

When Davis competed in the hurdles in 1952 and '56, he finished in a photo finish with the winner both times and took home two silver medals.

He silvered in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, losing the gold to Harrison Dillard in a photo finish.

He lost the gold to Lee Calhoun in another photo finish at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Davis’ friend Bob Sexton summed up Jack's life best saying: Jack Davis was a father, businessman, philanthropist, loyal San Diegan, visionary and forever the consummate Olympian.

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