Olympian Jim Thorpe is at the center of a battle between a Pennsylvania town that gave him a resting place, and his sons, who want to bury his remains in Oklahoma.
A statue of Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe, Pa. Thorpe, who was five-eighths Native American, is considered one of the country’s greatest athletes. In the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, he won the decathlon and the pentathlon, a feat never duplicated. Sweden’s King Gustav V presented him the gold medals and said, in awe, “You, sir, are the most wonderful athlete in the world.” Although Thorpe was stripped of his medals the next year on a violation of his amateur status (they were posthumously returned in 1982), he helped launch professional football and played pro baseball for six years. Bonnie Jo Mount/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo