A Native American boy who loved playing outdoors A talented football player and track star who won two Olympic gold medals One of the world’s greatest athletes
Learn about the incredible legacy of the first Native American athlete and Olympian to earn a gold medal for the United States in this exciting addition to the #1 New York Times Best-Selling series.
While most athletes excel in just one sport, Jim Thorpe was different. Born in Oklahoma in 1887, he played both professional football and baseball, and ran track and field. Jim was not only a sports icon but also a trailblazer. Raised as part of the Sac and Fox tribal nation, he was the first Native American person to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States.
And although his personal life was not always as successful as his career, Jim remains one of the greatest athletes in American history.