Charles Edward Dvorak ( Eng. Charles Edward Dvorak ; November 27, 1878 , Chicago - December 18, 1969 , Seattle ) - American athlete , champion of the 1904 Summer Olympics in pole vaulting.
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He studied at the University of Michigan and was a member of his athletics team, which won the Western Conference Championship in 1900 . Along with three other athletes from this university, he was selected to participate in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris . However, the organizers of the Games moved the pole vault tournament from Saturday ( July 14 ) to Sunday ( July 15 ), which prompted Dvorak as a very religious person to refuse to participate in the Olympics.
In 1901 and 1903 became the champion of the USA. At the 1904 Games in St. Louis, Dvorak, setting a new Olympic record of 3.50 m, won a gold medal and outran his closest competitors by 15 centimeters. The first among world-class jumpers to use a bamboo pole.