Christian Olsson during the 2010 European Team Championships
|Full name||John Christian Bert Olsson|
25 January 1980 |
Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3½ in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Event(s)||Triple jump, High jump|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||17.79 m
17.83 m (indoors)
Christian Olsson (born 25 January 1980 in Gothenburg) is a former Swedish athlete competing in high jump and triple jump. He won an Olympic gold medal, three gold and one silver medal in the World Championships and two gold medals in the European Championships. He also won the overall IAAF Golden League jackpot in 2004 where he cashed in 500,000 US dollars (after splitting the million dollar pot with Tonique Williams-Darling).
From 2007 to his retirement in 2012, he was beset by injuries which left him largely on the sidelines and unable to compete at top level competitions.
Olsson had his international breakthrough in 2001 when he won silver at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. He has the Swedish national record outdoors, 17.79 m (2004 Summer Olympics), and the Swedish national record indoors, 17.83 m (2004). Olsson has won the Swedish Championships seven times, and has also competed successfully on national level in high jumping.
On 7 March 2004, at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Athletics, he jumped 17.83 m and matched the World Record. On 23 August 2004, at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he jumped 17.79 m, broke the national record and won the gold medal. Four of his six jumps were longer than the silver medalist's best jump.
With the Olympic Gold he completed a rare international sweep, having the Olympic, World Indoor, Outdoor, Regional (European) Indoor and Outdoor titles.
Olsson first became interested in triple jump after watching Jonathan Edwards set the world record at the World Championships in his hometown Gothenburg. Since 1999, Olsson has been trained by Yannick Tregaro. Before that, Olsson was trained by Viljo Nousiainen.
During the autumn and winter 2004/2005 he injured his foot (an injury originating from the 2004 Olympic Final), preventing him from being able to do triple-jumping at full speed. Unfortunately the injury has healed very slowly, and it was still in January 2006 hampering him. In his first competition after the injury, in June 2006, he jumped 17.09 and seem to be back into shape. A month later he won the gold medal at European Championships in his hometown Gothenburg, with a jump of 17.67 m.
Olsson returned to competition in June at the IAAF Golden League event in Oslo, jumping 17.33 m. In July, he won Golden League event in Paris with 17.56 m. At the Golden League event in Rome, he retired after the second round due to a cramp.
After almost one year of rehabilitation, he returned to competition in July 2008 at the annual event in Stockholm, "DN Galan", but had to pull out due to injury. Afterwards, he announced that he will not compete anymore during the 2008 season; as such he will not participate at the Beijing Olympics. He also suggested that he may retire form the sport. Upon a request from the Swedish Olympic team, Olsson agreed to carry the Swedish flag during the opening ceremony.
In July 2009 Olsson made a comeback in a minor event arranged by Örgryte IS in Gothenburg. He then jumped 17.24 m.
On 3 August 2009 Olsson competed in Swedish Championships in Malmö. He won the competition with a jump at 16.72 m. This was the first competition Olsson failed to reach 17 m or more since he jumped in a competition in Birmingham in 2003.
On May 14, 2012, Olsson ultimately declared his intentions to retire from professional triple jump competitions.
Christian currently lives in Monaco with his girlfriend Gordana Bosanec.
International medals 
Triple jump 
- Olympic Games
- World Championships in Athletics
- World Indoor Championships in Athletics
- European Athletics Championships
- European Indoor Athletics Championships
- European Athletics U23 Championships
- 2001, Amsterdam - 17.24 m - Gold
- European Athletics Junior Championships
- 1999, Riga - 16.18 m - Silver
High jump 
Other victories 
Triple jump 
- 2001: Helsinki (Grand Prix) - 17.08 m; Vaasa (European Cup first league) - 17.00 m; Rethymno (athletics meet) - 17.49 m
- 2002: Athens (Grand Prix) - 17.40 m; Seville (European Cup first league) - 17.63 m; Monaco (IAAF Golden League) - 17.63 m; Berlin (Golden League) - 17.40 m; Paris (Grand Prix Final) - 17.48 m
- 2003: Lappeenranta (European Cup first league) - 17.38 m; Rethymno (athletics meet) - 17.55 m; Gateshead (Grand Prix) - 17.92(w) m; Stockholm (Grand Prix) - 17.36 m; Monaco (World Athletics Final) - 17.55 m
- 2004: Turin (Grand Prix) - 17.61 m; Bergen (Golden League) - 17.58 m; Bydgoszcz (European Cup super league) - 17.30 m; Gateshead (Grand Prix) - 17.43 m; Rome (Golden League) - 17.50 m; Paris Saint-Denis (Golden League) - 17.41 m; Zürich (Golden League) - 17.46 m; Brussels (Golden League) - 17.44 m; Berlin (Golden League) - 17.45 m; Monaco (World Athletics Final) - 17.66 m
- 2006: Prague (European Cup super league) - 17.40 m; Lausanne (Grand Prix) - 17.62 m; London (Grand Prix) - 17.42 m; Zürich (Golden League-meet) - 17.39 m
- 2007: Vaasa (European Cup first league) - 17.33 m; Paris Saint-Denis (Golden League) - 17.56 m; Rome (Golden League) - 17.19 m
International awards 
- Waterford Crystal European Athlete of the Year Trophy 2004
- Waterford Crystal European Athlete of the Year Trophy 2003
Personal bests 
- Triple jump
- Indoor - 17.83 metres
- Outdoor - 17.79 metres
- High jump - 2.28 metres
- Long jump - 7.71 metres
- Turner, Chris (2010-01-16). Robles vs Oliver; Olsson returns after three years to Stockholm. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-01-17.
- Christian Olsson is back! IAAF, 13 June 2006
- Knee injury in training causes Olsson’s withdrawal IAAF, 1 February 2007
- Olsson out of European Indoor Championships IAAF, 25 February 2007
- Olsson left to consider what might have been IAAF, 6 July 2007
- "it was not an injury" IAAF, 13 July 2007
- Christian Olsson injured – No World Championships IAAF, 21 August 2007
- And Olsson returns but looks to have injured himself again IAAF, 22 july 2008
- "The Olympics are gone, the whole season is gone" European Athletics, July 23, 2008
- Svenska Dagbladet paper issue August 4, 2009
- IAAF profile for Christian Olsson
- BBC Sports Article - (2004 Summer Olympics)
- BBC Sports Article - (2003 World Championships in Athletics)
|Men's European Athlete of the Year
|Flagbearer for Sweden