David is the third member of his family to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Not only is David's brother, Hayes Allen Jenkins (1960) a Hall of Famer, but so is his father, Hayes R. Jenkins (1977). David followed his brother into ice skating, a sport the Jenkins' dominated throughout the 1950s. He began to compete internationally in 1954 and eventually captured the U.S. men's championship four straight years (1957-60), the North American championships in 1957, '58 and '59. However, David's most cherished moment in his ice skating career is when he won the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. In that same competition, Hall of Famer Carol Heiss, won the women's title. David turned professional following his gold medal performance, skating one year with the Ice Follies. In 1976, Jenkins' ice skating achievements were brought to the forefront again when he was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame.