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Jan Johnson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJan Eric•Johnson
Used nameJan•Johnson
Born11 November 1950 in Hammond, Indiana (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsChicago Track Club, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


While attending Kansas, Jan Johnson won the 1970 NCAA outdoor pole vault although the competition was concluded indoors in a nearby fieldhouse because of a cloudburst. Johnson later enrolled at Alabama and claimed three major victories in 1971, winning the AAU outdoor, the NCAA Indoor, and the Pan American Games. His career best of 18-0½ (5.50) came at the 1972 Final Trials when he placed third. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in physical education at Southern Illinois and continued to compete sporadically for a number of seasons after the Olympics.

Father of Chelsea Johnson, World silver medalist in pole vault 2009.

Personal Bests: LJ – 24-9 (7.54) (1972); PV – 18-0½ (5.50) (1972).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Jan Johnson
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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