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Floyd Simmons

Full name: Floyd Macon Simmons, Jr.
Nickname(s): Chunk
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: April 10, 1923 in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 1, 2008 in Myers Park, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Affiliations: North Carolina Tar Heels, Chapel Hill (USA) / LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Chunk Simmons went to the University of North Carolina to play tailback on the football team but encountered an obstacle in the form of Tar Heel legend, Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice. Simmons graciously moved to fullback, but he may be Chapel Hill’s greatest all-round athlete, as evidenced by his two decathlon medals. Even as an Olympian though, Simmons was overshadowed by the great Bob Mathias, who defeated him in both 1948 and 1952. Simmons later had a moderately successful decade as a film actor and stuntman, first with Universal and then with MGM. He played in the 1958 musical “South Pacific,” and after the movie, briefly lived in Tahiti. One of his close friends in his early Hollywood days was another aspiring actor, Clint Eastwood, of whom he noted that they “jogged and surfed together and spent a lot time displaying our sunglasses, like movie stars.” Simmons fought in World War II with the 10th Mountain Division, earning a Purple Heart, serving in Italy. He later became a professional artist and photographer, settling in his native Charlotte.

Personal Bests: 120yH – 14.4 (1951); Dec – 6945 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1934T) P(1985T) T D H P(1952T) P(1985AT) P(1985HT) T(H) T(A)
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Final Standings 3 6,950 6.531
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 100 metres 3T 787 765 11.2
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Eight 1 11.2
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Long jump 7 731 748 6.725
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Shot put 9 696 655 12.80
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States High jump 1T 859 679 1.86
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 400 metres 6 770 723 51.9
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Seven 1 51.9
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 1T 896 797 15.2
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Five 1 15.2
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Discus throw 27 509 518 32.73
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Pole vault 4T 652 457 3.40
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States Javelin throw 7 624 618 51.99
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 1,500 metres 11T 426 571 4:58.0
1948 Summer 25 London Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Two 3 4:58.0
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Standings 3 6,788 6.903 6.948
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 100 metres 12T 737 748 703 11.5 11.52
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Five 1 737 748 703 11.5 11.52
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Long jump 4T 828 7.06 804
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Shot put 4 678 13.18 688
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States High jump 2 731 1.92 930
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 400 metres 6 765 759 758 51.1 51.22
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Five 3 765 759 758 51.1 51.22
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 3 813 821 15.0 15.26
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Four 2 813 821 15.0 15.26
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Discus throw 13 619 37.77 566
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Pole vault 7T 509 3.60 556
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States Javelin throw 6 658 54.69 620
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 1,500 metres 10 309 597 598 4:53.4 4:53.70
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Three 5 309 597 598 4:53.4 4:53.70
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