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Jim Thorpe in Carbon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James Francis Thorpe

Gold Medalist

 

— 1912 Olympics, Stockholm, Sweden —

 
James Francis Thorpe Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 9, 2018
1. James Francis Thorpe Marker
Inscription.  

PENTATHLON EVENTS -
Broad Jump - 1st place = 23 feet 2.7 inches

Javelin - 3rd place = 153 feet 3 inches

Discus - 1st place = 116 feet 8.4 inches

200- Meter Dash - 1st place = 22.9 seconds

1,500- Meter Race - 1st place = 4 min. 44.8 seconds

DECATHLON EVENTS -
100 Meter Dash - 3rd place

Running Broad Jump - 2nd place

Shot put - 1st place = 42 feet 5.5 inches

Running High Jump - 1st place = 6 feet 1.6 inches

110 - Meter Hurdles - 1st place = 15.6 seconds

400 - Meter Run - 4th place

Discus - 2nd place

Javelin - 3rd place

Pole Vault - 3rd place

1,500 Meter Run - 1st place = 4 min. 40.1 seconds

Thorpe finished the Decathlon with an incredible 8,412.96 points out of a possible 10,000! His nearest competitor had 7,724.5. His total points for the Decathlon was a record that stood for 10 years. Only Olympian ever to win gold medals for both, the Pentathlon & Decathlon in the same Olympics. Sweden's King Gustav distributed the gold medals - Gustav shook Thorpe's hand in a solemn manner and uttered the famous compliment, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world."

James Francis Thorpe Olympian Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 9, 2018
2. James Francis Thorpe Olympian Monument
Mausoleum is in the distant left of photo
Thorpe, almost speechless with modesty, is said to have blurted out, "Thanks, King."

Dedicated: May 21, 2011
 
Erected 2011 by Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame Committee and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesMan-Made FeaturesNative AmericansSports.
 
Location. 40° 53.073′ N, 75° 43.523′ W. Marker is in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker is on North Street (Pennsylvania Route 903) 0.1 miles north of 13th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Jim Thorpe Memorial, Jim Thorpe PA 18229, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jim Thorpe (Wa-tho-huck) (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named James Francis Thorpe (a few steps from this marker); The Professional Sportsman (within shouting distance of this marker); A Vigorous Youth (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named James Francis Thorpe (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1912 Olympics (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carlisle Years

James Francis Thorpe Olympian Statue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 9, 2018
3. James Francis Thorpe Olympian Statue
(within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jim Thorpe.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jim Thorpe Biography. (Submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Jim Thorpe, Olympian. (Submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
James Francis Thorpe Olympian Monument Sponsors image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 9, 2018
4. James Francis Thorpe Olympian Monument Sponsors
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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