Joachim Olsen Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/12/2007
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In Idaho track & field’s tradition of great throwers, one stands firmly above the rest. Joachim Olsen earned eight All-America honors at Idaho from 1999-02, including a 2000 NCAA shot put title. In six career NCAA shot put competitions, Olsen never finished worse than third. He also added a pair of sixth-place finishes in the discus. Olsen also won six Big West outdoor titles in his career. He established school records in both indoor and outdoor shot put and discus that nobody has come close to yet. His outdoor best shot put of 70-9 in 2002 is a Big West all-time record. On the world stage, Olsen is one of the top performers in the shot put. He was a 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist and a 2004 and 2006 world championships bronze medalist in the event. He holds three national records for his native country of Denmark in the shot put and discus. He has finished in the top 10 in the world in the shot put every year since 2004 and was the top-ranked shot putter in the world in 2004.