Jim Thorpe, Oklahoma Olympian: Born in Prague, he went on to win two gold medals in 1912 Olympics

TULSA - Oklahoma Olympians is a series about athletes who were born here, lived here or went to school here.

Jim Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes of all time.

From football to baseball, he was a man who could do it all.

He was born in Prague, Oklahoma on May 28, 1887 as James Francis Thorpe. His nickname was Wa-tho-huk meaning "bright path" in his Native American heritage.

Besides professional sports, he won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympic Games; one for pentathlon and the other for decathlon.

Because he was associated with a professional baseball team at the time, his medals were later stripped.

However, nearly 30 years after his death in 1953, his medals were reinstated.

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