Charles Champaud

Charles Champaud (Bulgarian: Шарл Шампо), also spelled Sharl Shampov (Шарл Шампов), was a Swiss gymnast. He represented Bulgaria at the First 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1] Champaud competed in the parallel bars, vault, and pommel horse events. Although the rest of his placings in each competition are unknown, he occupies the prestigious fifth place on vault and earned the first two points for Bulgaria.[2]

Charles Champaud
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Personal information
Full nameCharles Champaud
Country represented  Switzerland
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics

Champaud was a Swiss national working as a gymnastics teacher at a Sofia high school when he represented Bulgaria at the first modern Olympics.[3] Bulgaria is thus often included in the figure of participating nations.

In Bulgaria, Charles Champaud also played an important role in introducing football to the country and was the person to bring the sport to the capital city of Sofia in 1895 (the first football game in Bulgaria being in Varna in 1894, organized by another Swiss teacher, Georges de Regibus).


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Charles Champaud Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Charles Champaud". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2006-12-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)