Willis S. Olson
Year Inducted: 1972
Born: January 23, 1930, Eau Clair, WI
Willis Olson was known in ski jumping circles as Billy the Kid. At the age of 19, in 1950 he defeated an international field of ski jumpers at Iron Mountain, Michigan with a jump of 297 feet.
He was the national Class C title holder in 1948 and won the national Class B title in 1949. He won the national Class A title in 1958 and moved to the veteran's class in 1962. In 1965 he won 12 straight veterans events to claim the national veteran's title and repeated this national championship claim in 1966 and 1968.
He was chosen for the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Teams and competed as a member of the U.S. FIS team in 1950 and 1954. At a meet in Oberstorf, Germany he jumped 393 feet. He also competed for the University of Denver and won three straight NCAA titles.