3 Sporting Trailblazers Light up Stockholm Olympics in 1912
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — The Olympics Games in Stockholm in 1912 featured stand-out performances by three sporting trailblazers. Hannes Kolehmainen was the first of the so-called “Flying Finns” in long-distance running and won three gold medals. Duke Kahanamoku won gold and silver medals in the pool before going on to become better known as the father of modern surfing. Jim Thorpe won gold in the pentathlon and the decathlon to underline the all-round ability of a Native American who might be the world’s greatest ever athlete. He was later stripped of his medals before they were returned to his family after his death. The 1912 games were marked by tragedy, the use of technology and an appearance by a future American war general.