Trond Knaplund
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 09/16/2008
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As far as all-around athletes go, few at Idaho compare to Trond Knaplund. He could run the 100 meters in 10.8, long jump 24 feet, high jump seven feet, pole vault 14 feet and throw the javelin 175 feet. He was a 1984 All-American in the decathlon after finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships with a former school-record score of 7,658 points. He was the first Vandal athlete to break the 7,500-point barrier in the decathlon. His personal-best decathlon score is the ninth-best of all-time for his native country, Norway. He won the 1983 Big Sky outdoor title in the decathlon to help lead the men to the team title, then helped the team win the 1984 Big Sky indoor title with a third-place finish in the long jump and a sixth-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles. After Idaho, he has continued to contribute to the world of athletics. He was a race official and venue manager for the bobsled at the 1994 Olympic Games at Lillehammer. He has served as a coach for the Jamaican bobsled team, which was the basis for the Cool Runnings movie. Most recently, he is a junior developmental coach for the Norwegian Athletics Federation.

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