Josef Čada in 1924
|Full name||Josef Čada|
|Country represented||Czechoslovakia (1920)|
|Former countries represented||Bohemia (1907-1913)|
|Born||March 30, 1881|
|Died||December 1, 1959 (aged 78)|
|Discipline||Men'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.
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.
- Josef Čada at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archive)
- Josef Czada at the International Olympic Committee
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