Jim Thorpe wins gold at 1912 Olympics

This is Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Olympics

If you look closely at the photo, you can see he’s wearing different socks and shoes. This was not a fashion statement.

The year was 1912. The place, Stockholm for the 1912 Olympics. Jim, a Native American from Oklahoma was representing the U.S. in track and field.

On the morning of one of his events, he discovered his track spikes were stolen. Without an option for getting a new pair, Jim and his coach went scouring. They found found two shoes in a garbage bin. But the shoes weren’t a pair.

One shoe fit fine, the other was too big. There were no other shoes to choose from. So Jim wore an extra sock on the foot with the big shoe.

Jim ended up winning two gold medals. Wearing these shoes.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thorpe

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