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10 Questions with pole vaulter Billy Olson

10 Questions with pole vaulter Billy Olson

By on August 10, 2012 in Alumni News, Sports with 4 Comments

The highest-flying Wildcat pole vaulter of all time was Billy Olson (’81), a 1988 U.S. Olympian who  was projected by many to make the 1980 team in Moscow until President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott to protest the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He finished seventh in the 1984 Olympic Trials, but was competing on a foot […]

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Olympic Diary: Politics, sport often mix

Olympic Diary: Politics, sport often mix

By on August 5, 2012 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

We discovered this rare photograph recently and were amazed at the history it represented. The Olympic Games, for as hard as they work to give sport a venue to overcome politics and international discord, are often prime showcases for them. The Olympic spirit, however, seems to largely find a way to overcome dissension and restore […]

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