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Christian Olsson
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Christian Olsson during the European Team Championships in Budapest, Hungary in June 2010
Personal information
Full name John Christian Bert Olsson
Born (1980-01-25) 25 January 1980 (age 43)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Residence Monaco
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3+12 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Country Sweden
Event(s) Triple jump, High jump
Club Örgryte IS
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 17.79 m
17.83 m (indoors)
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 1 0 0
World Championships 1 1 0
World Indoor Championships 2 0 0
European Championships 2 0 0
European Indoor Championships 1 0 0
Total 7 1 0
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens Triple jump
World Championships
Gold 2003 Paris Triple jump
Silver 2001 Edmonton Triple jump
World Indoor Championships
Gold 2003 Birmingham Triple jump
Gold 2004 Budapest Triple jump
European Championships
Gold 2002 Munich Triple jump
Gold 2006 Gothenburg Triple jump
European Indoor Championships
Gold 2002 Vienna Triple jump

Christian Olsson (born 25 January 1980) is a former Swedish athlete competing in high jump and triple jump. He won an Olympic gold medal, one gold and one silver medal in the World Championships and two gold medals in the European Championships as well as a further two golds in the World Indoor 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 was born in Gothenburg, and made 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 as the first Swede since Gustaf Lindblom in 1912, 92 years earlier. 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 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.

At the beginning of the 2007 indoor season, Olsson was injured yet again, and was unable to compete at the European indoor championships.

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.

Olsson went to the 2007 World Championships in Athletics but had to pull out before the competition due to an injury during training.

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 would not compete anymore during the 2008 season; hence he would not participate in the Beijing Olympics. He also suggested that he might retire from 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 14 May 2012, Olsson ultimately declared his intentions to retire from professional triple jump competitions.

Christian Olsson lives with his family in Lindome, south of Göteborg.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Sweden
1999 European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 1st High jump 2.21 m
2nd Triple jump 16.18 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 22nd (q) Triple jump 15.95 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 17th (q) Triple jump 16.64 m
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st Triple jump 17.24 m (wind: -0.8 m/s)
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd Triple jump 17.47 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 2nd Triple jump 16.85 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 1st Triple jump 17.54 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 1st Triple jump 17.53 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st Triple jump 17.70 m
World Championships Paris, France 1st Triple jump 17.72 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Triple jump 17.83 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Triple jump 17.79 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st Triple jump 17.67 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 4th Triple jump 17.23 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 5th Triple jump 17.20 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 6th Triple jump 17.23 m

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

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