The Cuero Wellness Center recently commissioned a wall display that highlights the athletic achievements of Fred Hansen, the 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist in the pole vault who was born and raised in Cuero.
Hansen, whose athletic roots began at Cuero High School, was a four-sport letterman in football, baseball, basketball and track. In 1959 he broke the State Record in the pole vault at 13’ 5.5” as well as setting the State Record in the Broad Jump at 23’ 11.75”. That record stood for 57 years until 2016 when it was broken by another outstanding Cuero Gobbler, Kamron Mathis.
Hansen continued his education and track & field career at Rice University. As a grad student, he set a new world record in the pole vault clearing 17’1”, then breaking his own record a week later at 17’2”. The next month, he broke the record for a third time with a vault of 17’4”.