Jim Thorpe petition drive starts to restore his status as sole winner of 1912 Olympic gold medals

Though his gold medals were reinstated, Jim Thorpe is still not recognized as the sole winner of gold medals at the 1912 Olympics.

7/16/2020 8:31:00 AM

One hundred and eight years ago, Jim Thorpe shattered Olympic records in the decathlon and pentathlon. Now, a group is pushing the International Olympic Committee to restore his status as the sole gold medalist in both events.

Though his gold medals were reinstated, Jim Thorpe is still not recognized as the sole winner of gold medals at the 1912 Olympics.

The OklahomanOne hundred and eight years ago, Jim Thorpe shattered Olympic records in the decathlon and pentathlon.Now, a group is pushing the International Olympic Committee to restore his status as the sole gold medalist in both events.A petition drive

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started Wednesday, launched by Pictureworks Entertainment in partnership with several Native American tribes, the National Congress of American Indians and several of Thorpe's descendants. Pictureworks is producing an upcoming feature film about Thorpe's life,"Bright Path."

Thorpe, who was born in Oklahoma and was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, went to the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm as part of the U.S. contingent, even though Native Americans such as him weren't recognized as U.S. citizens at the time. He won gold in the pentathlon, placing first in four of the five events, then he replicated his domination in the decathlon.

Thorpe placed in the top four of all 10 events, scoring 8,413 points and winning by 688 points. His point total would stand as an Olympic record for almost two decades. Read more: USA TODAY »

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billcollage To call Jim Thorpe a co-champion in his events isn't just inaccurate, it stands as a painful reminder of the deep inequities even the most triumphant athletes of color have faced. The IOC should do the right thing and RIGHT this wrong BrightPathStrong Fantastic athlete, haven’t seen another like him, truly one of a kind.👍🏻

And Thorpe broke those records against terrible acts of sabotage such as stolen shoes. His gold medals should STAND. Two different shoes The Olympics were once held in Germany. Adolf Hitler presided over them. Therefore, using USA Today logic, the Olympics are NAZI events and Native American Jim Thorpe is a NAZI. FakeNewsMedia Calumny

Jim Thorpe is the greatest American athlete period First Native American won Gold medal in Olympic 1912 Olympic Gold medal in pentathlon, decathlon Played professional American football and baseball A true Legend ... I am surprised cancel culture is not trying to have him removed from history.

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