HARRISBURG – A concurrent resolution to reinstate Jim Thorpe as the sole gold medal winner of two 1912 Olympics events was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives today, according to Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), prime sponsor of the legislation.
House Resolution 1001
encourages the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reinstate Jim Thorpe as the only winner of gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon events during the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Thorpe’s gold medals were revoked after it was discovered he had violated strict rules at the time regarding amateurism because he had been paid to play baseball. The medals were reinstated in 1982. However, Thorpe was only recognized as a co-gold medal winner with the athletes who were elevated to gold medal status after his medals were taken away.
“After winning his gold medals, King Gustav V of Sweden called Jim Thorpe the greatest athlete in the world,” said Heffley. “We firmly believe this native American, multi-sport superstar deserves to be named the sole winner of these two Olympic events that took place so many years ago and call on the IOC to honor our resolution.”
Thorpe’s grandson, John, was Heffley’s guest and present in the House chamber to witness the vote.
The town of Jim Thorpe, where the athlete is buried, is located in the 122nd Legislative District, which Heffley represents.
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Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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A photo of Heffley and John Thorpe (purple shirt) is attached. Also pictured (from left) are House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Ray Brader, Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration Committee member.