One of the ‘greatest athletes of all time’ gets his Olympic recognition decades later

July 26, 2022

He's considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. But the International Olympic Committee didn't remember it that way, until now. This month, the IOC reinstated Jim Thorpe as the sole gold medalist in the 1912 Olympic decathlon and pentathlon. The reinstatement comes after decades of petitions. Thorpe was Indigenous, and when the IOC stripped him of his medals for violating amateurism rules, many claimed it was motivated by racism. David Bledsoe is with the American Indian College Fund in Denver. Let's revisit our conversation about Thorpe from 2020.