Olympic star Charles Lambert 'Pat' Redd ’34

Bradley’s main man on campus and leading athlete in the early 1930s was track star and team captain CHARLES LAMBERT “PAT” REDD ’34, the University’s first Olympic competitor. 

Contemporary accounts indicate Redd actually won the broad jump at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, setting a world record in the process. Officials ruled he committed a foul on the record-setting try, and he finished with a silver medal. 

Redd earned his shot at the Olympics with first-, second-, and fifth-place finishes in events at the prestigious Drake Relays earlier that year. Redd also represented Bradley at the Armour Relays in Chicago, the National Collegiate, and Central Intercollegiate meets. 

In the Little 19 Conference meet at Monmouth that year, Redd won four events and tied for second in another, winning individual honors.

Earlier in his Bradley career, Redd set school records in the 100-yard dash, high and low hurdles, and broad jump.