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Most people know Jim Thorpe as the All-American, Native American athlete. As a river guide, I know it goes well beyond that. Jim Thorpe was named Wa-thohuck, meaning “bright path” which is appropriate given his track record. Pun intended. In 1907, he joined the track and field team at Carlisle Indian Industrial School. He played minor-league baseball, then was named first-team all American for football! In the 1912 Olympics, he won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon. Shortly after, Thorpe was stripped of his medals when they discovered that he got paid for playing minor-league baseball.