Jim Thorpe was born on May 28, 1888 at Prague, Oklahoma. He attended the Sac and Fox Agency School with his twin brother Charlie. In the year 1904, he joined the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. This is where his athletic talents came to the forefront. He was coached by Glen Scobey Warner, one of the greatest American top football star coahe of his times. Thorpe was interested in many sports like baseball, lacrosse, football and even spared time for ballroom dancing. He was seen as an all-round athlete as he could jump nearly 5-feet 9-in in the long jump at the age of 19 in addition to being the best player in the college’s football team.
In 1911, his skills first came to attention when he scored all of his team’s points in an 18-15 upset of the Harvard University team. In 1912 he helped his team win the National Collegiate Athletic Championship single handedly by contributing a total of 25 touchdowns and 198 points. He had become an immensely popular figure in the American sports fraternity within such a short span of time. In 1912, Thorpe also started to train for the Olympics as he was also good at long jump, shot put and hurdles. But Thorpe was the ultimate sportsman who took up the most difficult challenges with ease so he also trained for the discus throw, javelin, hammer throw and pole vaulting.