Brian Olson

Judo

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Weight: 90kg
Date of Birth: March 6, 1973
Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.
Current Residence: Boulder, Colo.
Club: NYAC / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center
Coach: Eddie Liddie

Personal: Born in Tallahassee, Fla., Olson started training in judo in 1979 at the age of six.  He has more than 25 years of experience in judo competition and coaching.  Olson is seeking to become one of the oldest athletes ever to qualify for a U.S. Olympic Team for the sport of judo at the age of 35.  A veteran of three teams (1996, 2000 and 2004), Olson retired after the Athens Games, but returned to competition in October 2007 when he won the U.S. Open.  A seventh-place finisher at the 2000 Games, Olson is returning in a quest for the one piece of hardware that has eluded him in his career - an Olympic medal. 

Olympic Teams: 2008, 2004, 2000 (Seventh), 1996
World Championship Teams: 1995, 1997 (Bronze), 1999, 2001, 2003
Pan American Games Teams: 2003 (Gold), 1999 (Gold), 1995 (Bronze)
Pan American Championship Teams: 2004 (Silver), 2003 (Bronze), 2002 (Silver), 2001 (Gold), 1998 (Gold), 1997 (Silver), 1996 (Silver)

Recent Career Highlights:

2008:

  • Gold - U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships

2007:

  • Gold - U.S. Open

2004:

  • Gold - Olympic Trials
  • Silver - Pan American Championships
  • Fifth - Rotterdam World Cup

2003:

  • Gold - Pan American Games
  • Gold - Rendez-Vous Canada
  • Gold - Puerto Rico Open
  • Gold - New York Open
  • Gold - Olympic Qualifier
  • Silver - U.S. Open
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships
  • Bronze - Benito Juarez Championships

2002:

  • Gold - U.S. Open
  • Gold - Budapest World Cup
  • Silver - Pan American Championships
  • Seventh - German Super World Cup

2001:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships
  • Gold - British Open
  • Silver - Rotterdam World Cup
  • Silver - European Club Cup Final
  • Silver - IMCA America U.S. Open
  • Bronze - Budapest World Cup

2000:

  • Bronze - Rotterdam World Cup
  • Seventh - Olympic Games

1999:

  • Gold - Pan American Games
  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships

1998:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
  • Gold - Pan American Championships
  • Bronze - British Open
  • Bronze - Budapest World Cup
  • Bronze - Leonding World Cup

1997:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
  • Bronze - World Championships (86kg)

1996:

  • Gold - U.S. Open Championships (86kg)

1995:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
  • Bronze - Pan American Games (86kg)

1994:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Olympic Festival (86kg)

1993:

  • Gold - U.S. Olympic Festival (86kg)
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)

1992:

  • Gold - U.S. Open (86kg)

1991:

  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (78kg)

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