Petition seeks to 'take back what was stolen' from Jim Thorpe at 1912 Olympics

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Jim Thorpe was the first Native American from the U.S. to win Olympic gold, but he is still not in the record books.
Do you know the real story of Jim Thorpe, an 1912 Olympic record holder with a Hall of Fame football career?

Pictureworks Entertainment is working to change that with a new feature film, "Bright Path," about his life and now a petition with several Native American tribes to restore his status with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a sole gold medalist. The movement is to help "take back what was stolen" from the United States' first Native American Olympic champion.

"To call Jim Thorpe a co-champion in his events isn't just inaccurate, it stands as a painful reminder of the deep inequities even the most triumphant athletes of color have faced," the groups wrote in the petition.

Thorpe, who was part of a Native American tribe from Oklahoma and died in 1953, shattered records in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. At the time, Native Americans were not considered U.S. citizens. And six months after gold the IOC took his medal after it found out he had been paid to play minor league baseball before the games.

Thorpe's record 1912 Olympics

Thorpe set records while winning the medals as the first Native American to win gold for the U.S. He was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation and was born Wa-Tho-Huk, translated to "Bright Path."

The pentathlon consisted of five events in a single day and he placed first in four of them.

At the three-day…
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