Jim Thorpe, ‘America’s Greatest Olympian Of All Time,’ Minted On New Dollar Coin

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The U.S. Mint in Denver released a new dollar coin on Thursday. David Bledsoe of the Denver-based American Indian College Fund joined Colorado Matters to talk about the coin and the man it features: Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, who's been called "the greatest American Olympian of all time."

Photo: Jim Thorpe Coin
The Jim Thorpe dollar coin.

He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon in 1912. Thorpe went also played college and pro football and helped form the NFL, becoming its first president in 1920. He also had pro basketball and baseball careers, and was even a ballroom dancing champ.