3 Villanova over No. “His example of an outsider who bested everyone at their own game on the supposedly equal playing field of sport was a huge and lasting inspiration,” she said. In the decathlon, he set a world record of 8,412 points, winning the high jump in mismatched shoes and the 100 meters in 11.2 seconds in heavy rain. Some of his performances went unmatched for decades. There is only one gold medal award in each Olympic Decathlon to the decathlon winner. Justin Moore added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (2-0), and Caleb Daniels chipped in with 14 points — 10 in the second half. Sports, Music, Comedy, and Sports Entertainment Photos, Videos, and Memorabilia. LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. “Sir,” King Gustav V told Thorpe, “you are the greatest athlete in the world.”. 18 Arizona State 83-74 on Thursday night in the championship game of the Empire Classic. They so impressed the King of Sweden that he told Thorpe he was “the greatest athlete in the world.” The Native American was later stripped of the gold medals for breaching Olympic amateurism rules in what has been described as the first major international sports scandal. Thorpe’s athletic prowess was honed in competitive games he participated in as a youngster in his Sac & Fox/PotTawatomie tribes and at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. !O’yea, he has been married to his HS girl friend now for over 50 years. STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — It has been described as the first major international sports scandal, and still resonates more than a century later. A native American from Oklahoma, Jim Thorpe, described by King Gustav V of Sweden as "the greatest athlete in the world", won the pentathlon and decathlon. "Well, there was only one winner in the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympics, and that was Jim Thorpe. 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Thorpe was on top of the world after winning gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics with mind-blowing performances that went unmatched for decades. Drive-thru Holiday Lights Show in Pike County, Wayne County Recycling Center Closed for the Holidays, Volunteers Needed for Planting Trees in Monroe County, Vehicle Donated to Paul's House Valor Clinic. Number 2, He was as famous in the city of Chicago in HS as he is now with all NFL fans ! Did Jim Thorpe Wear Mismatched Shoes at the 1912 ... capturing gold medals in both the pentathlon and decathlon. "Well, there was only one winner in the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympics, and that was Jim Thorpe. This began when King Gustav V of Sweden told Jim Thorpe, "You, sir, are the world's greatest athlete" after Thorpe won the decathlon at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.The event is similar to the pentathlon held at the ancient Greek Olympics, and also similar to a competition called an "all-around", which was contested at the United States amateur championships in 1884. © 1998 - 2020 Nexstar Inc. | All Rights Reserved. “The shame and shock of what was the first and biggest international sports scandal was like a nightmare that never ended.”. It is July 1912….King Gustav of Sweden officiates over the Opening Ceremony at the newly built Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden…the place when Native American Indian Jim Thorpe….would win the 5-event Pentathlon….and the 10-event Decathlon…a feat that has never been repeated since….as Thorpe proved he was the greatest athlete in the world. in Chicago, His collage ball at Ill. and his Pro Ball with the Bears. Thorpe was welcomed back to the United States with a ticker-tape parade in New York. Heffley was joined in Harrisburg by Jim Thorpe's grandson John Thorpe where he resolution passed unanimously. In 1920, he served as the first president of what was to become the National Football League and was voted as a charter member of the NFL’s Hall of Fame in 1963. 10 Wisconsin 17-7, Highlights: Northwestern 17 – Wisconsin 7 – 11/21/20, Coach Pat Fitzgerald: We have so much respect for the Badgers, Not good enough: Smith runner-up despite four rounds in 60s, Amen Coroner: 10 on Augusta’s No. DOG ASIDE: It is July 1912….King Gustav of Sweden officiates over the Opening Ceremony at the newly built Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden…the place when Native American Indian Jim Thorpe….would win the 5-event Pentathlon….and the 10-event Decathlon…a feat that has never been repeated since….as Thorpe proved he was the greatest athlete in the world. Thank you i will check it out, I LOVE THE CLASSIC MLB GAMES, the 70's and 80's in my personal opinion were the golden days of Professional Baseball! Earlier this month, a Bright Path Strong petition — named after Thorpe’s Native American name Wa-Tho-Huk, which means “Bright Path” — was circulated in a bid to declare Thorpe the outright winner of the pentathlon and decathlon in 1912.