Nick Hysong
Personal information
Born (1971-12-09) December 9, 1971 (age 52)
Winslow, Arizona, U.S.
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
Country United States
EventPole vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best5.90 m (2000)
Medal record
Men's athletics (track and field)
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Pole vault
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Edmonton Pole vault

Nick E. Hysong (born December 9, 1971) is an American athlete competing in the men's pole vault. Best known for winning the Olympic gold medal in 2000 with a personal best jump of 5.90 metres, he also won a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. Hyson is also a respectable sprinter, having run 100 m in 10.27 s.


In his final year at Arizona State University in 1994, he won both the Pac-10 and the NCAA championships. He is now coaching pole vaulting team at Chaparral High School (Arizona) for the track and field team. Hysong is also running his own sports performance facility in phoenix Arizona(RISEN Performance – linked below). In 2010 under his private coaching Alex Bishop won the 5A1 Arizona State Championship with a vault of 5 meters, and Liz Portenova won the 5A2 State Championship with a vault of 3.70 meters. In 2012 Hysong's RISEN Performance had two exceptional male vaulters: Grant Sisserson pole vaulted 16' and had a 3rd-place finish at The State Championships, and Cole Walsh pole vaulted 16' 5" to win the Arizona Meet of Champion's (Walsh finished 2nd at the State Champs with a vault of 16' 3").


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 6th Pole vault 5.30 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th Pole vault 5.70 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 8th Pole vault 5.50 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 4th Pole vault 5.70 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Munich, Germany 4th Pole vault 5.70 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st Pole vault 5.90 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Doha, Qatar 2nd Pole vault 5.60 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Alberta 3rd Pole vault 5.85 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th Pole vault 5.50 m