Name: Chris Nilsen
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Pole Vault
Height: 6-5
DOB: 1/13/1998
Birthplace: Kansas City, Mo.
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Park Hill High School (Concord, Calif.) ‘16
College: University of South Dakota ‘20, Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Coach(es): Derek Miles
Olympic Experience
  • One-time Olympian (2020), one-time Olympic medalist (silver)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, silver (pole vault)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – 13th (pole vault)
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2017
  • Top Finish: 13th – 2017 (pole vault)
Other Career Highlights
  • Two-time NCAA champion in outdoor pole vault (2018, 2019)
  • 2017 NCAA champion in indoor pole vault
  • Two-time semifinalist for The Bowerman award for most outstanding male collegiate track and field athlete
  • In 2016, was named the Gatorade Missouri Boy’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year
Personal: Son of Mark and Karen Nilsen...Has one sister, Nicole...Married to Kelly Vogel-Nilsen...Father to Roman Nilsen...Enjoys practicing parkour...Is a member of the Civil Air Patrol...Before turning to pole vault full time, he split time as a high jumper.