“He was the greatest athlete who ever lived. What he had was natural ability. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. All he had to see is someone doing something and he tried it…and he’d do it better.” – Abel Kiviat, 1912 Olympic silver medalist, on the great Jim Thorpe
Stockholm. Summer of 1912. Jim Thorpe, a Native American who would later be known as the greatest athlete of the 20th century, burst on the scene. Two gold medals in the pentathlon and the decathlon, the latter which he won wearing a pair of mismatched shoes he found at the last minute after having his own stolen.
Derailed? Not “Wa-Tho-Huk,” his native name that meant “Bright Path.” Thorpe shined on. Record breaker. Trailblazer. Legend.