Dick Railsback
Annika Rohlén and Dick Railsback
Personal information
Born (1946-03-19) March 19, 1946 (age 75)
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubGefle IF (1969–71)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)5.40 m (1969)[1]

Dick Railsback (born March 19, 1946) is a retired American pole vaulter. In 1967 he was ranked fifth in the world. Next year he won the national title, but placed fourth at the Olympic Trials and was not selected for the 1968 Olympic team.[1] He attended the 1976 Summer Olympics as a coach for the American athletics team.[2]

In August 1970 Railsback married Annika Rohlén, an interpreter during his 1967 visit to Sweden. In 1969–71 he mostly stayed in Sweden and competed for Gefle IF. Dick and Annika have a daughter Michelle and son Michael. Both were born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, but spent every summer in Sweden until ca. 2001; they hold dual citizenship and speak Swedish. Both competed for Gefle IF in hurdle running, and Michelle also in the pole vault and flat running.[2]


  1. ^ a b Dick Railsback. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. ^ a b Dick Railsback turns 65! idrottonline.se (March 19, 2011)