Jim Thorpe

1887 - 1953

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James Francis Thorpe (Sac and Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as "Bright Path"; May 22 or 28, 1887 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe was the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States in the Olympics. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won two Olympic gold medals in the 1912 Summer Olympics (one in classic pentathlon and the other in decathlon). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jim Thorpe has received more than 7,068,855 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Jim Thorpe is the 118th most popular athlete (down from 69th in 2019), the 3,237th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,850th in 2019) and the 36th most popular American Athlete.

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Over the past year Jim Thorpe has had the most page views in the with 903,234 views, followed by Spanish (32,748), and French (18,685). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Azerbaijani (118.55%), Simple English (77.24%), and Italian (72.91%)


Among athletes, Jim Thorpe ranks 118 out of 6,025Before him are Egil Danielsen, Ivanka Khristova, Sherm Clark, Eric Liddell, Michel Jazy, and Alajos Szokolyi. After him are Aleksandr Privalov, Ron Clarke, Friedrich Traun, Esther Brand, Rudolf Bauer, and Tilly Fleischer.

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Among people born in 1887, Jim Thorpe ranks 110Before him are Frigyes Karinthy, Charles Galton Darwin, Edelmiro Julián Farrell, Şükrü Saracoğlu, Simon Kimbangu, and Arthur Percival. After him are Kazimierz Fajans, Jean Patou, Alvin Hansen, Princess Alexandra Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Jean Ray, and Vladimir Smirnov. Among people deceased in 1953, Jim Thorpe ranks 74Before him are Ugo Betti, Nikolay Zelinsky, Helene Mayer, Şükrü Saracoğlu, Sergey Belyavsky, and Hjalmar Hammarskjöld. After him are Hilaire Belloc, Dámaso Berenguer, Holger Pedersen, Joseph Jongen, Alexander Vasiliev, and Lev Mekhlis.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jim Thorpe ranks 3,237 out of 20,380Before him are Frederick Jackson Turner (1861), Rensis Likert (1903), Rue McClanahan (1934), Vito Acconci (1940), Roy Sullivan (1912), and John Barth (1930). After him are Sam Wood (1883), Barbara O'Neil (1910), Clifford Brown (1930), Joel Asaph Allen (1838), Garret Hobart (1844), and Lee Krasner (1908).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Jim Thorpe ranks 36Before him are Eddie Eagan (1897), Ralph Rose (1885), Frank Jarvis (1878), Edwin Moses (1955), Thomas Curtis (1873), and Sherm Clark (1899). After him are Harrison Dillard (1923), Barbara Jones (1937), John Carlos (1945), Carlos Lopes (1947), Ralph Craig (1889), and James Quinn (1906).