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Jim Thorpe's Olympic Medals Posthumously Restored Options
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Jim Thorpe's Olympic Medals Posthumously Restored

Jim Thorpe, an American Olympian, excelled at every sport he played and is deemed one of the greatest athletes in modern sports history. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon but was stripped of his awards amid reports that he had played minor league baseball before participating in the 1912 Olympic Games. At the time, strict rules barred professional athletes from Olympic competition. What loophole enabled Thorpe's supporters to have his medals posthumously restored? More...
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proud, driven and great example to native americans
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Unnecessarily strict rules indeed! Why punish an athlete for playing baseball which was not even an Olympic sport.
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From the article:

"In 1982, {Robert] Wheeler and [his wife, Florence] Ridlon established the Jim Thorpe Foundation and gained support from the U.S. Congress. Armed with this support and evidence from 1912 proving that Thorpe's disqualification had occurred after the 30-day time period allowed by Olympics rules, they succeeded in making the case to the IOC. In October 1982, the IOC Executive Committee approved Thorpe's reinstatement.[27] In an unusual ruling, they declared that Thorpe was co-champion with Bie and Wieslander, although both of these athletes had always said they considered Thorpe to be the only champion."

For me, the 1951 Warner Bros. movie "Jim Thorpe -- All American", with Burt Lancaster playing Thorpe, was convincing proof that he deserved the medals.

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Yes, a great athlete and one of my childhood hero's.
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