Josef Čada

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Josef Čada
Josef Čada 1924.jpg
Josef Čada in 1924
Personal information
Full nameJosef Čada
Country represented Czechoslovakia (1920)
Former countries represented Bohemia (1907-1913)
Born(1881-03-30)March 30, 1881
DiedDecember 1, 1959(1959-12-01) (aged 78)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics

Josef Čada (March 30, 1881 – December 1, 1959) was a Czech gymnast who competed for Bohemia in the 1908 Summer Olympics and for Czechoslovakia in the 1920 Summer Olympics. He made his debut at the 3rd-ever World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Prague (see Medal Table in Info Box at top of article). When Bohemia made their debut at these World Championships, he led their team to victory from the start, as well as establishing himself as the top gymnast at those games. Any possible claims of hometown favoritism would later be dispelled with his successes at the next 3 World Championships - 1909, 1911, and 1913 - where he won many more medals and all but dominated on the Horizontal bar event.[1]

World War I would interrupt his gymnastics career, although after the war he would he would return and compete at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Olympic Games. He had previously competed in the 1908 Olympics individual all-around gymnastics competition, placing 25th.

His successes are best seen in the context of the Sokol movement within the former Bohemia and its successor, Czechoslovakia.


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