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King University News :: Olympic medalist Dave Wottle to speak at King University March 4

Known for his dramatic finish in the 1972 Munich Olympics’ 800 meter event, Dave Wottle will now share his inspirational message entitled “The Winning Attitude,” on Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in King University’s Student Center board room, as part of the Buechner Institute Lecture Series.

Wottle started his athletic career at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in history and was the track and cross-country captain, as well as president of the varsity athletic club.

“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Dave for more than 15 years as a friend and colleague,” said David Hicks, athletic director for King.  “His genuine, sincere personality allows him to relate his experiences at the pinnacle of success in sports into real-life applications that can be applied to our everyday lives, our personal goals, and career objectives.  He is an excellent speaker with a relevant message on developing a winning attitude for success and personal achievement.”

During his time at Bowling Green, Wottle earned All-American honors eight times.  In the 1972 Olympic Trials, he qualified for the Olympic Games in both the 800 meter and 1500 meter races.  His performance in the 800 meter was especially memorable as he tied the world record with a time of 1:44.3. 

His dramatic finish in the 1972 Munich Olympics was one of the tightest finishes in Olympic history and earned him a Gold Medal in the 800 meter run.  The following year, he became the third fastest miler of all time by running a 3:53.3 mile.  Wottle was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1980. 

Wottle’s message stresses the importance of hard-work, goal setting, concentration, self-confidence, and a competitive spirit in the life of a successful person.

Currently, Wottle serves as the interim vice president for enrollment management at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.  Prior to Millsaps College, he served as the special assistant to the president at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., for two years and the dean of admissions and financial aid at Rhodes College for 27 years.  He also served as dean of admissions at Bethany College in Bethany, W.V., and began his admissions career at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio.

Dave Wottle will speak at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Complex board room on the campus of King University. The event is open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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