Billy Olson
Billy Olson 1984.jpg
Olson in 1984
Personal information
Born (1958-07-19) July 19, 1958 (age 64)
Abilene, Texas, U.S.[1]
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubMazda Optimist Track Club, Toronto
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)5.93 m (1986)[2]

Billy Richard Olson (born July 19, 1958) is a retired American Olympic pole vaulter who held several world records, including the first 19-foot indoor pole vault.[2][3][4] Olson finished 12th at the 1988 Summer Olympics, and was to have been part of the U.S. team for the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics.

Olson vaulted for Abilene High School and Abilene Christian University, from which he graduated.[5][6][7] He was Inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2012.[8]


  1. ^ Billy Olson
  2. ^ a b Billy Olson.
  3. ^ Al Pickett. "Abilene has produced more than its share of stars," Archived October 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Abilene Reporter-News, December 24, 1999.
  4. ^ Frank Litsky. "Billy Olson is inching ahead on way to a 19-foot vault," The New York Times, February 22, 1982, page C6, column 1 (late city final edition).
  5. ^ ACU Centennial: Billy Olson Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Ted Dunnam. "Coaching by Hood vaulted ACU over top," Archived February 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Abilene Reporter-News, June 25, 2000.
  7. ^ All-Time U.S. Rankings — Men’s Pole Vault Archived December 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, ranked #1 in the world for 1982.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)