Jim Thorpe: the greatest athlete of the 20th century

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In an age of superstars, one man’s athletic prowess puts him head and shoulders above the rest as the greatest athlete of the 20th century.

James Francis Thorpe was born on May 28th, 1887, in a one-room cabin in Oklahoma. His parents were Hiram Thorpe, a farmer, and Mary James, a Pottawatomie Indian. Jim was actually born a twin, but his brother Charlie died at the age of nine. Jim’s Indian name, Wa-Tho-Huk, translates to “Bright Path.”

Jim attended school beginning in 1904 at the Carlisle Industrial Indian School in Pennsylvania where he began his athletic career. He played football and ran track. In 1908 he was selected as a third-team All-American, and in 1909 and 1910 he made the first team.

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