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Thorpe Reinstated as Olympic winner

 

Last updated 8/5/2022 at 2:43pm

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, c. 1913

Jim Thorpe has been reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon, gold medals that were stripped from him in one of the world's first "sports scandals."

LAUSANNE, Switzerland-In July, Jim Thorpe was reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm.

The change was announced by the Internation Olympic Committee (IOC) on the 110th anniversary of King Gustav V of Sweden proclaiming him as "the greatest athlete in the world."

Thorpe was stripped of his gold medals when Olympic authorities determined that he had broken the Olympic amateur rules because he had received payment to play in minor league baseball. However, many still consider the Native American sports dynamo the best all-around athlete ever. The...



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