The Biggest Scandals Of The Olympic Games

The Unrecognized Greatest Olympian In History

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American athlete Jim Thorpe might have possibly been the greatest American Olympian in history, except for the fact that his medals and titles were stripped away by the IOC. Thorpe won eight of the 15 individual events at the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 games in Stockholm, where he also participated in two exhibition baseball games.

However, when the Amateur Athletic Union found that Thorpe had previously played professional baseball in the minor leagues, his accolades no longer counted. Back then, there were strict rules regarding amateurism in the Olympics and athletes who’d previously played against professionals were not considered amateurs.