Olympic Spotlight: Glenn Graham '26, Track & Field

Olympic Spotlight: Glenn Graham '26, Track & Field

PASADENA, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2016) – With the 2016 Rio Olympics well underway, we will be spotlighting the three Olympians in Caltech athletics history.  The first of these features is Glenn Graham (Class of 1926), an inductee into the inaugural Caltech Athletics Hall of Honor in 2014.

Graham earned a silver medal in the pole vault at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, France, contributing to the United States team's 32 total medals in Athletics and one of only two American podium sweeps.  He continued his Caltech career as captain of the 1926 squad which tied Occidental College for the SCIAC Championship – the Beavers' first in any sport.  The year prior, he led the Beavers to an undefeated dual meet record while clearing what still ranks as the sixth-highest bar in program history at 13 feet, 2 7/8 inches.

"Glenn was fresh from the 1924 Olympics in Paris…He and Lee Barnes of USC were the only ones to clear 13 feet.  The bar was raised and neither of them could clear the next height, so they started to lower the bar.  Finally, Lee cleared 12 feet, but Glenn couldn't make it so the Gold went to Lee and Glenn had to settle for the Silver.  What a thrill it was for a new frosh Gnome pledge to room with famous Glenn Graham!"

 -Guy Chilberg, '28 (excerpt from "the Caltech Gnome Club")


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