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The Native Champion: Jim Thorpe


Do you love watching the Olympics as nations from around the globe come together in the spirit of friendly competition? One Native American enthralled audiences more than 100 years ago, winning gold and returning home a champion. Jim Thorpe grew up as a member of the Sac and Fox Nation in Oklahoma—this is the story of his life and the first indigenous American to ever win Olympic gold for the USA.

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This episode was hosted by Aly McKnight, written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.