Billy Olson

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Billy Olson is an American Olympic pole vaulter who held several world records, including the first 19-foot indoor pole vault.[1][2] Olson participated in 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.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Al Pickett. "Abilene has produced more than its share of stars," Abilene Reporter-News, December 24, 1999.
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ ACU Centennial: Billy Olson
  4. ^ Ted Dunnam. "Coaching by Hood vaulted ACU over top," Abilene Reporter-News, June 25, 2000.
  5. ^ All-Time U.S. Rankings — Men’s Pole Vault, ranked #1 in the world for 1982.