IOC restores Thorpe's medals 69 years later

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:31 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 13, 1982

Sixty-nine years after stripping Jim Thorpe of his two Olympics gold medals, the International Olympic Committee agrees to restore them to Thorpe posthumously. IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch will present the medals to Thorpe's children in a ceremony in January.

Thorpe, a Native American, won the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Games in Stockholm and was proclaimed the "world's greatest athlete" by King Gustav V of Sweden. But the following January ...

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