US Olympic Trials History

In 2012 a little rain—no, make that a lot at times—couldn’t stop Ashton Eaton from setting the most recent World Record at an Olympic Trials. (JOHN BARNHART/PHOTO RUN)

Richard Hymans is as British as they come, but he’s also as hardcore a statistician as the sport has ever seen, and in multiple visits to the U.S.’s Olympic Trials, he has come away particularly enamored (or in his case, enamoured) of the quadrennial affair.

That love affair caused him to publish a remarkable book on the history of the meet. Print versions were available for ‘00 and ‘00 and ‘04 editions, but in ‘08 the book passed into the electronic realm. It is now T&FN’s honor to be able to bring to you the latest iteration. New pieces are still being added, and 2016 Trials updates are still being effected on some pages.

But before you get to the chart below, with separate links to each of the years, please read this INTRODUCTION.

1896-1912 1932 1956 1972 1988 2004
1920 1936 1960 1976 1992 2008
1924 1948 1964 1980 1996 2012
1928 1952 1968 1984 2000 2016
Evolution Of Olympic Trials Qualifying Standards
World Records At The Olympic Trials
Olympic Trials All-Time Lists In Each Men’s Event
Olympic Trials All-Time Lists In Each Women’s Event
Olympic Trials Record Progression In Each Men’s Event
Olympic Trials Record Progression In Each Women’s Event
Longest Span Of Competition In The Olympic Trials
5- And 4-Time U.S. Olympians
Youngest & Oldest U.S. Olympians At Time Of Qualification
Most Olympic Trials Wins
Most Olympic Selections
Foreign Competitors In The Olympic Trials
List Of Athletes Winning Both Collegiate Title And OT In Same Year
Alphabetical Index Of All Olympic Trials Competitors