Silver Olympic medalist Chris Nilsen is set to return to the summer games at the 2024 Paris Olympics representing the United States and the University of South Dakota.

The four-time world state medalist was one of three men to clear 19-3 (5.87m) in the competition and secure his ticket to Paris, according to USD. Joining Nilsen are Sam Kendricks and Jacob Wooten.
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Nilsen won the Silver medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a bronze from the 2022 World Indoor Championships, a silver from the 2022 World Championships, and a bronze from the 2023 World Championships. He owns a personal best of 19-10 ¼ (6.05m) from the 2022 season.

Nilsen was a three-time NCAA Champion for the Coyotes. He was a seven-time All-American, taking at least bronze at each NCAA Championship held during his collegiate career. He owns South Dakota's indoor and outdoor pole vault records.


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