The California University of Pennsylvania track & field program will host a free lecture featuring two-time Olympic medalist Hollis Conway on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Conway is the current American record holder in the high jump at 7-10.5 feet, which is 22 inches above his head and is the highest recorded mark in competition. He added two Olympic medals and 10 National Championships (five indoor, five outdoor) in his career.
Originally from Chicago, Conway won the silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games with a leap of 2.36 meters and tied for the bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games after jumping 2.34 meters. He is the only American to earn two Olympic medals in the high jump.
Conway won three NCAA Championships and earned All-America status six times while attending Louisiana-Lafayette. He set the NCAA indoor high jump record in 1989 with a mark of 2.37 meters. Conway was the No. 1 high jumper in the nation from 1988-94 and ranked as the top jumper in the world in 1990 and 1991.
Born in 1967, Conway moved from Chicago to Shreveport, Louisiana, by age nine, where he first explored his interest in track after attempts of basketball and football. However, he was forced to settle for junior varsity his freshman year before becoming one of the best high jumper of all time.
Conway retired in from competition in 2001 and is president of Overcoming Obstacles Inc., a non-profit motivational speaking company. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
The event will be held in the Blaney Theatre in the rear of Steele Hall on the bottom floor. Parking is available in River Lot 4.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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