Name: Jim Thorpe
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Decathlon, High Jump, Long Jump, Pentathlon
DOB: 5/28/1887
Birthplace: Bellemont, Okla.
Hometown: Stroud, Okla.
High School: Haskell Institute (Lawrence, Kan.)
College: Carlisle Indian Industrial School
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1912); two-time Olympic medalist (2 golds)
  • Stockholm 1912, gold (decathlon, pentathlon)
Personal: Son of Hiram Thorpe and Charlotte Vieux...Had two siblings, Jack and Charlie...Was given the name “Wa-Tho-Huk,” meaning “Bright Path”...Predominantly of Sauk and Fox American Indian descent...Participated in ballroom dancing, baseball, football, hockey, lacrosse and track and field at the Haskell Institute in Kansas...Played professional baseball for four teams over six years...Served as the first president of the American Professional Football Association (later the National Football League) while participating as a player...Three-time APFA champion...Appeared in more than 60 films as an actor...Named the Greatest Athlete of the First Half of the Century by the Associated Press...Father to eight children: Gale, Charlotte, Frances, James Francis Jr., Phillip, William, Richard and John.