Lee Barnes

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Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris Pole vault
At the 1924 Olympics

Lee Stratford Barnes (July 16, 1906 – December 28, 1970) was an American athlete from Utah who competed in the men's pole vault.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and died in Oxnard, California.

Barnes attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.[1] He competed in Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and won gold, beating fellow American polevaulter Glen Graham, who received silver.

Barnes has the honor of being the only known stunt double for silent film star Buster Keaton during Keaton's independent years of film making. In Keaton's 1927 feature College, Barnes performed a pole vault through an open upper-story window.[2]


  1. ^ USC OLYMPIANS: 1904-2008, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 13, 2008.
  2. ^ A Trojan Olympic Miscellany, USC web site, accessed October 17, 2013 (The source erroneously credits Barnes with doubling during a running sequence.)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lee Barnes". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.

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Preceded by
United States Sabin Carr
Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
April 28, 1928 – July 16, 1932
Succeeded by
United States Bill Graber