January 8, 1967|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|University team||University of Southwestern Louisiana|
Hollis Conway (born January 8, 1967) is a track and field high jumper and a two-time Olympic medalist. Conway was the top-ranked high jumper in the U.S. seven straight years from 1988–94 and in the world for two of those years (1990 and 1991). Conway, John Thomas and Dwight Stones are the only Americans to win two Olympic medals in the high jump.
Born in Chicago, Illinois and a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Conway went 7-8¾ in the event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, setting a U.S. collegiate record and earning a silver medal. He won a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain after going 7-8½ in winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials that year.
In 1989, Conway broke the American record twice in the high jump, winning the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship at 7-9¾ and the U.S. Olympic Festival at 7-10. He earned his first of two world No. 1 rankings in 1990 when he swept both the U.S. indoor and outdoor titles and won the Goodwill Games. He had ten jumps of 7-8 or better that year.
A six-time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA champion at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana). He established a new NCAA indoor record of 2.37m (7 ft-9½in) at the 1989 NCAA Indoor Championships: it remains as one of the longest-standing NCAA, and Championship Meet, records through 2011. He won the winner at the 1988 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship and at the 1989 he won with an American outdoor record height. Conway was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1991 by winning the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics in Seville, Spain, with an American indoor record of 7-10½.
He defended his U.S. outdoor championship and won the 1991 World University Games, while finishing third in the 1991 Pan American Games and World Outdoor Championships. He was ranked third in the world in 1992 and 1993. He was a Goodwill Games runner-up in 1994.
In all, Conway won ten USA championship high jump titles (five outdoor, five indoor) before his retirement at the 2000 Drake Relays (where he jumped 6 ft 9in, on 29 April 2000). He is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame in 1999. Conway wrote the foreword of the Complete Book of Jumps (Human Kinetics Europe Ltd, 1995).
His IAAF biography also credits Conway with a personal best in the triple jump of 16.17 m (53 ft 0 1⁄2 in), which is an international-class distance (especially given that he likely did not practice this event very often).
Conway jumped off his left foot and is considered short in stature, in comparison to other world-class high jumpers, many of whom stand 6'3"-to-6'5". His personal details on file with the IAAF officially list his height and weight as 1.83m and 68 kg, which equate to 6 feet one-quarter inch, and 150 pounds. However, in a high jump instructional video produced in 1991, which features Conway and his coach, Dick Booth, the narrator states Conway is "six feet one-half inch" (1.84m) and weighs "one hundred forty-five pounds." The narrator also says Conway has "average" speed, running 10.8 seconds for 100 meters, as well as having only an "average" vertical leap of 31 inches. At six feet tall, Conway has held a distinction with four others in track and field history for jumping over their own heights. Conway's best jump was 22-1/4 inches (57 cm) above his head.
|Representing the United States|
|1986||World Junior Championships||Athens, Greece||2nd||2.22 m|
|1988||Summer Olympics||Seoul, South Korea||2nd||2.36 m|
|1989||Universiade||Duisburg, West Germany||2nd||2.31 m|
|1990||Goodwill Games||Seattle, United States||1st||2.33 m|
|1991||World Indoor Championships||Seville, Spain||1st||2.40 m|
|Universiade||Sheffield, United Kingdom||1st||2.37 m|
|Pan American Games||Havana, Cuba||3rd||2.32 m|
|World Championships in Athletics||Tokyo, Japan||3rd||2.36 m|
|1992||Summer Olympics||Barcelona, Spain||3rd||2.34 m|
|1994||Goodwill Games||Saint Petersburg, Russia||2nd||2.28 m|
- Ragin Cajuns Network
- official IAAF.org press release, 12 May 2000; "Veteran US jumpers Hollis Conway and Brian Brown retire"; accessed 13 March 2011.
- Championship Books & Video Productions, 1991; "High Jump Training via Hollis Conway"; accessed 13 March 2011.
- official IAAF.org, Biographies; Conway, Hollis - USA; accessed 13 March 2011.
- Official website
- Hollis Conway profile at IAAF
- USA Track and Field bio
- Conway Admitted to Louisiana High School Hall of Fame