Jim Thorpe at the Summer Olympics An athlete also sportsman or sportswoman is a person who competes in one or more sports that involve physical strengthspeed or endurance. The application of the term to those who participate in other activities, such as horse riding or driving, is somewhat controversial.
Plot[ edit ] During a banquet, legendary football coach "Pop" Warner rises and gives a speech praising Jim Thorpe. This leads to a flashback.
Youngster Jim Thorpe runs all the way home before his first day at an Indian reservation school, but his father talks him into going back, telling him that he wants his son to make something of himself.
Years later, a now-adult Jim arrives on the campus of Carlisle School to continue his education. He likes his roommates at the boarding school well enough, fast-talking Ed Guyac and the huge Little Boy Who Walk Like Bear, but nearly gets into a fight with upperclassman and football star Peter Allendine.
When the academic pressure becomes too much for him, Jim goes for a long run, during which he outraces some practicing track athletes. Witnessing this, coach Pop Warner talks Jim into joining the track team.
Jim by himself beats the other team. After a while, the newspapers are reporting his impressive feats. Jim is attracted to another student, Margaret Miller, but has to compete for her affections with Peter.
Seeing that football is more prestigious than track, he applies to join the football team. Pop, worried about losing most of his track team with a single injury, turns him down, then reluctantly gives in.
However, he keeps Jim on the sideline. Finally, he lets Jim play in a game against Harvardbut only to kick the ball away. The first time, Jim is tackled for a loss before he can kick.
The second time, he again has trouble catching the ball; about to be tackled, he starts running and scores a touchdown. Soon, he is a celebrated football star. Jim tells Pop that he has finally figured out what he wants to do with his life: Later, Pop tells him that scouts from a school looking for a coach will be in the crowd watching a showdown between Carlisle and an undefeated University of Pennsylvania juggernaut headed by another All-American, Tom Ashenbrunner.
The teams end up in a tie after Jim kicks a seemingly impossible field goal in the dying seconds.
However, the job goes to the white Ashenbrunner. Jim suspects it is because he is an Indian. By this time, he and Margaret are dating. Eventually, he tells he wants to marry her, in part because they belong together, as they are both Indians.
When Margaret does not return for the new semester, Jim becomes despondent, particularly after he learns that Margaret is white. Pop arranges for Margaret to get a job as a nurse at the school, and steers Jim to her.
They reconcile and get married. Jim decides to become so famous someone will have to hire him as a coach. He enters the Olympics and wins both the pentathlon and the decathlon. However, when it is discovered that he was paid a pittance to play baseball one summer, he is disqualified and stripped of his medals and trophies because he is not an amateur.
Embittered, Jim turns to professional baseball and football to make a living. He and Margaret have a son, on whom he dotes. He envisions Jim Thorpe Jr. However, the boy dies while Jim is away in Chicago with the Canton Bulldogssending him into a downward spiral.The name “Jim Thorpe” may no longer be a household name in America, but in the early s there was nary a child or sports fan that did not know of his legendary sports achievements.
Enrolled in the Carlyle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania in , the Sac and Fox Native American from Oklahoma, was destined to become one of the most celebrated athletes of the 20th Century. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online.
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Spoiler Warning: below is a summary of the entire movie. At a huge banquet for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Governor Turner of Oklahoma introduces native son Pop Warner, the famous football coach, who in turn talks about the great native American athlete, Jim Thorpe, who is being inducted.
Thorpe accomplished without argument what no other athlete in history has. The Sac and Fox Indian won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon in the Olympic games in Sweden and played both professional football and professional baseball. sense of the senate that jim thorpe should be recognized as the `athlete of the century'.) Findings: The Senate finds the following:) Jim Thorpe is the only athlete ever to excel as an amateur and a professional in 3 major sports--track and field, football, and baseball.