10 Jim Thorpe Quotes from the American Olympic Gold Medalist

Jim Thorpe was an Olympic gold medalist and well-known American athlete.

Jim Thorpe, born in 1888 in Oklahoma to the Sac and Fox Native American tribe, is remembered as one of history’s greatest athletes.

Jim Thorpe was the first Native American to win a gold medal.

Raised on a farm, Thorpe developed his athletic prowess from a young age, mastering various outdoor activities.


After his twin brother’s tragic death, he attended a boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas where he excelled in track events.

Thorpe’s natural talent shone through at the Carlisle Indian School, where he astounded the school’s famous coach, Pop Warner, by setting a new high jump record.

Despite being deemed too small, Thorpe became a star in football, earning All-American in 1911 and 1912 and leading his team to a national championship.

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In the 1912 Olympics, he won gold in the pentathlon and decathlon. Thorpe later played professional baseball, football and basketball.

He was the first president of the American Professional Football Association, which later became the National Football League (NFL).

Though he passed away in 1953, Thorpe’s legacy continues to inspire.

I have picked best quotes from Jim Thorpe for you.

Best Jim Thorpe Quotes


I never was content unless I was trying my skill…or testing my endurance. ~ Jim Thorpe.


The Yankees, you see, they’re a money team, they’re the class of baseball. You don’t ever bet against that. ~ Jim Thorpe.


Track and field, because it was something I could do by myself, one-on-one, me against everybody else. ~ Jim Thorpe.


They just keep coming. But that’s what keeps me going. ~ Jim Thorpe.


I have always liked sport and only played or run races for the fun of the thing. ~ Jim Thorpe.

I am no more proud of my career as an athlete than I am of the fact that I am a direct descendant of that noble warrior [Chief Black Hawk]. ~ Jim Thorpe.

I give ’em the hip, then I take it away. ~ Jim Thorpe.

Quotes about Jim Thorpe

He was the greatest athlete who ever lived…. What he had was natural ability. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. All he had to see is someone doin’ something and he tried it … and he’d do it better. ~ (Abel Kiviat) – 1912 Olympic silver medalist.


You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world. I would consider it an honor to shake your hand. ~ King Gustav V.

Jim was very proud of the great things he’d done. A very proud man….Very late one night Jim came in and woke me up. … He was crying, and tears were rolling down his cheeks. You know, Chief,’ he said, the King of Sweden gave me those trophies, he gave them to me. But they took them away from me. They’re mine, Chief; I won them fair and square.’ It broke his heart and he never really recovered. ~ Chief Meyers.

So these were the 10 top quotes about Jim Thorpe.

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