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Rick Sloan

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Donald "Rick"•Sloan
Used nameRick•Sloan
Born10 November 1946 in Fullerton, California (USA)
Measurements186 cm / 81 kg
AffiliationsSouthern California Striders, Anaheim (USA)
NOC United States


Rick Sloan was runner-up in the 1969 AAU decathlon. He competed for UCLA and the Southern Cal Striders. Sloan was the first UCLA athlete to clear 7-0 in the high jump and was also an All-American in the pole vault. He captained the Bruin track team as a senior and was the fourth American to surpass 8,000 points in the decathlon. He was ranked second in the United States in 1968 and 1969 in the decathlon, and ranked 10th in the world in 1969.

After college Sloan became a track coach, starting at the California Institute of Technology and Pasadena City College in 1972. He later coached at Mt. San Antonio Junior College (Mt. SAC) before moving to Washington State University in 1973 as an assistant coach. He was made associate head coach at WSU in 1982 and head coach of the men’s team in 1994. In 1995, Sloan was named head coach of the men’s and women’s teams for the Cougars, holding those positions for almost 20 years, before retiring in 2014.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.7 (1967); 400 – 48.6 (1967); 110H – 15.2 (1967); HJ – 2.14 (7-0½) (1968); LJ – 6.93 (22-9) (1967); PV – 5.08 (16-8) (1967); DT – 47.34 (155-4) (1967); JT – 63.50 (208-4) (1969); Dec – 7951 (1969).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Rick Sloan
Decathlon, Men (Olympic) 7

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Summer Olympics 18 October 1968 Athletics Decathlon, Men (High Jump) High Jump 2.10 1
1968 Summer Olympics 19 October 1968 Athletics Decathlon, Men (Pole Vault) Pole Vault 1017 =1