Born in Tallahassee, Fla., Olson started training in judo in 1979 at the age of six. He has more than 25 years of experience in judo competition and coaching. Olson is seeking to become one of the oldest athletes ever to qualify for a U.S. Olympic Team for the sport of judo at the age of 35. A veteran of three teams (1996, 2000 and 2004), Olson retired after the Athens Games, but returned to competition in October 2007 when he won the U.S. Open. A seventh-place finisher at the 2000 Games, Olson is returning in a quest for the one piece of hardware that has eluded him in his career - an Olympic medal.
Olympic Teams: 2008, 2004, 2000 (Seventh), 1996
World Championship Teams: 1995, 1997 (Bronze), 1999, 2001, 2003
Pan American Games Teams: 2003 (Gold), 1999 (Gold), 1995 (Bronze)
Pan American Championship Teams: 2004 (Silver), 2003 (Bronze), 2002 (Silver), 2001 (Gold), 1998 (Gold), 1997 (Silver), 1996 (Silver)