Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 12/14/2005
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Duke Letterman, Football and Baseball Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year, 1956 Olympic Silver Medalist, 1960 Holder of 7 World Track Records
Dave Sime, the red-haired flash from Fairlawn, N.J., set a total of seven world track records during his career at Duke. The 1960 Olympic Silver Medal winner is considered one of the all-time greatest sprinters in the world. Only a serious leg injury during his prime in 1956 kept him from winning a gold medal. During that season he set several world records and was named ACC Athlete of the Year before being sidelined with an injury in a pre-Olympic meet.
Booby Morrow of Abilene Christian, a man he had soundly defeated during the season, went on to win the 100 and 200 meters at the Olympics. In 1960, Sime did make it to the Olympics and earned a silver medal.
Sime came to Duke on a baseball scholarship but gave it up after two years to concentrate his efforts on track. He also played football during his senior year and served as the "lonesome end" for the Blue Devils.