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Stockholm 1912

   Stockholm attained the 1912 honor, an honor that the Swedes were after since 1896. De Coubertin, now in 1912, raises his voice again against the accepting of games that are not considered to be of Greek origin, while he suggests that modern pentathlon be introduced; an event that was dominated by the Swedes. An unknown American pentathlete that took part and won a fifth place, became very well known some decades later. That was Gen. of U.S. Army George S. Patton, a key-man with the Allies victory against Nazi Germany.
   The star of Stockholm is Jim Thorpe. The consumate ease, the style and the true sportsman's conduct he faced his opponents with, made him the world's favorite athlete. He won two of the toughest games ever. Pentathlon and decathlon. Thorpe was a panathlete. He could run, swim, play football, wrestle... But Thorpe was an American Indian, something that the American whiteman's establishment couldn't easily shallow. Six months after his triumphant return to the U.S., Thorpe was mentioned in an article by sports columnist Roy Johnson of Boston, as having accepted money for coaching a small, country base-ball team. The American Olympic Committee called Thorpe for an explanation. Thorpe did not refuse the accusation. Immediately the Committee convened and Thorpe's golden medals were confiscated. Following this, the medals were sent by mail to the second winners along with a letter of verification. These were Sweden's Wiesslander and Norway's Bie. With a spontaneity that was admired by all the sporting world, Thorpe's opponents refused to accept them. They sent a statement to the newspapers "...and we consider this as the greatest injustice ever done by humans to a human...".
   Thorpe fell into an acute melancholy state. He very rarely worked. He was mainly supported by his two daughters and some friends and he gradually ended up an alcoholic. In the Los Angeles 1932 Games, he was seen begging for money outside the stadium, so that he could buy a ticket to watch the events. He was recognized by a group of USC students who raised the money needed for a multiple ticket, valid for all the gamedays. Thorpe died next year completely forgotten by all. Twenty years later the Union of American Athletes put back his name in the List of Great American Athletes and, in 1982, a somewhat embarrassed Olympic Committee gave back the medals to Thorpe's daughters "...on tribute and honor of the great athlete...", along with a letter of apology...

Text by Dimitri N. Marcopoulos

Stockholm 1912

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The Olympic Movement
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Stockholm 1912

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