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 5,282,803 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Jim Thorpe is the 63rd most popular athlete (up from 91st in 2019), the 2,735th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,827th in 2019) and the 24th most popular American Athlete.

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Among athletes, Jim Thorpe ranks 63 out of 3,055Before him are Archie Hahn, Peter Norman, Ödön Földessy, Robert Garrett, Yuriy Sedykh, and Dorando Pietri. After him are Gustav Flatow, Mohammed Gammoudi, Irina Press, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Inese Jaunzeme, and Aladár Gerevich.

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Among people born in 1887, Jim Thorpe ranks 91Before him are Walter Ruttmann, Roscoe Arbuckle, Lil Dagover, Kurt Atterberg, Louis Jouvet, and James Finlayson. After him are Arthur Percival, Kazimierz Fajans, Octave Lapize, Hitoshi Ashida, Frigyes Karinthy, and Samuil Marshak. Among people deceased in 1953, Jim Thorpe ranks 61Before him are Julian Tuwim, Chōjun Miyagi, Hjalmar Hammarskjöld, Albert Gleizes, Helene Mayer, and James Finlayson. After him are Jorge Negrete, Princess Françoise of Orléans, Nikolay Zelinsky, Iuliu Maniu, Stanisław Wojciechowski, and Nikolaos Plastiras.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jim Thorpe ranks 2,735 out of 15,968Before him are Estelle Getty (1923), John Gilbert (1895), Glenn Frey (1948), Triple H (1969), Don S. Davis (1942), and Jessye Norman (1945). After him are Donald Davidson (1917), Tina Aumont (1946), Tommy Bolin (1951), Robert J. Van de Graaff (1901), August Derleth (1909), and Harpo Marx (1888).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Jim Thorpe ranks 24Before him are Frank Zane (1942), Larry Scott (1938), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Parry O'Brien (1932), Archie Hahn (1880), and Robert Garrett (1875). After him are Thomas Curtis (1873), Frederick Lorz (1884), Jim Hines (1946), Betty Robinson (1911), Ralph Craig (1889), and Harrison Dillard (1923).