Sunday, July 15, 2012

This Day in History July 15, 1912

It was on this date in 1912 that Jim Thorpe won eight gold medals in the Olympics.  He is considered the greatest athlete of the twentieth century according to an ABC sports poll.  He is pictured above as wearing two different shoes, and there is an interesting story concerning this.  Right before competing, he discovered that someone had stolen his shoes, and he found some in a garbage bin.  He has two different shoes because one shoe was too big.

He won his Olympics events very easily in the pentathalon and decathalon.  He was greeted with great fanfare when he got home from Stockholm, Sweden, and he went on to continue his athletic career that he had begun before the Olympics.

That was what caused him problems.  In that time, professional athletes could not compete in the Olympics.  It was discovered in early 1913 that he had played baseball semi-professionally.  He was stripped of his medals, but he still went on to have a pretty good athletic career.  Interestingly enough, his gold medals were returned in 1983 (he died in 1953).

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  1. How cool!!!

    We are having a celebration of this day in history in our family too...

    (brain surgery!!!)

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  2. Love the post Ruth! Fascinating day in history, fascinating individual. People don't seem to be made this way anymore! Happy to have stopped by from the Moms Mingle!


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