Lee Barnes
Smith circa 1926
Personal information
Born(1906-07-16)July 16, 1906
DiedDecember 28, 1970(1970-12-28) (aged 64)
Medal record
Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris Pole vault
At the 1926 AAU Relays

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.[1]

Barnes attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.[2] He competed in Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and won gold, beating fellow American pole vaulter Glenn 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.[3]


  1. ^ "Lee Barnes". Olympedia. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  2. ^ USC OLYMPIANS: 1904-2008, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 13, 2008.
  3. ^ A Trojan Olympic Miscellany Archived 2012-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, USC web site, accessed October 17, 2013 (The source erroneously credits Barnes with doubling during a running sequence.)
Records Preceded by Sabin Carr Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder April 28, 1928 – July 16, 1932 Succeeded by Bill Graber