Name: Charley Paddock
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 100-meter, 200, 4x100
DOB: 8/11/1900
Birthplace: Gainesville, Texas
Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
High School: Pasadena High School (Pasadena, Calif.)
College: University of Southern California
Olympic Experience
  • Three-time Olympian (1920, 1924, 1928); four-time Olympic medalist (2 golds, 2 silvers)
  • Antwerp 1920, gold (100-meter, 4x100), silver (200)
  • Paris 1924, silver (200)
  • Amsterdam 1928
Personal: Graduated from the University of Southern California in 1922...Served in the U.S. Field Artillery during World War I...Earned the nickname “World’s Fastest Human” following a string of world-record efforts in 1920 and 1921...Worked as a writer and newspaper publisher following his athletic career...Academy Award-winning film “Chariots of Fire” is based on his performance at the Olympic Games Paris 1924...Wrote an autobiography titled, “The Fastest Human.”