Baltimore Sun

Thorpe’s 1912 golds reinstated

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Jim Thorpe has been reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm — nearly 110 years after being stripped of those gold medals for violations of strict amateurism rules of the time. The Internatio­nal Olympic Committee announced the change on the 110th anniversar­y of Thorpe winning the decathlon and later being proclaimed by King Gustav V of Sweden as “the greatest athlete in the world.” Thorpe, a Native American, returned to a ticker-tape parade in New York, but months later it was discovered he had been paid to play minor league baseball over two summers, an infringeme­nt of the Olympic amateurism rules. He was stripped of his gold medals in what was described as the first major internatio­nal sports scandal. Thorpe to some remains the greatest all-around athlete ever. He was voted as the AP’s Athlete of the Half Century in a poll in 1950. In 1982 — 29 years after Thorpe’s death — the IOC gave duplicate gold medals to his family but his Olympic records were not reinstated, nor was his status as the sole gold medalist of the two events.

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