LOUIS TEWANIMA WASN’T THE ONLY NATIVE ATHLETE FROM NORTH AMERICA AT THE 1912 SUMMER GAMES
Sac and Fox Nation
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The most famous Native athlete in U.S. history, Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and had a storied career in pro football and baseball. He was also the first president of the American Professional Football Association.
BENJAMIN “JOE” KEEPER
Norway House Cree Nation
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Keeper, of Manitoba, placed fourth in the 10,000-meter race at the 1912 Olympics. In the Canadian Army, he served as a dispatch runner in France in World War I, earning major decorations.
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Kahanamoku grew up surfing at Waikiki Beach and later popularized the ancient Hawaiian sport across the world. As a swimmer, he won a gold and silver medal in freestyle events in the 1912 Olympics.
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After placing second in the 1912 Boston Marathon, Sockalexis placed fourth in that year’s Olympic marathon. His fiancée said she’d marry him only if he won the 1913 Boston Marathon. Though he came in second again, the two still wed.
ALEXANDER WUTTUNEE DECOTEAU
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Before placing sixth in the 5,000-meter race at the 1912 Olympics, Decoteau was the first Native police officer in Canada. He served in World War I and died during battle in Belgium in 1917.