Earle Elmer Meadows (June 29, 1913 – November 11, 1992) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault and broke the world record in 1937. He also cleared a height superior to the world record, but it was not ratified by the sport's governing body.
Meadows attended the University of Southern California. He competed for the United States in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany in the pole vault where he won the gold medal.
His winning vault is featured in Leni Riefenstahl's film Olympiad, followed by a close-up him saluting as the "Star Spangled Banner"" is played, crossfading to the US flag.