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This 1912 Olympic Gold Medalist was seen wearing unmatched pair of shoes during his game, the reason will truly amaze you

  • Unmatched pair of shoes led this Olympian to win two gold medals
  • The shoes of this athlete were stolen, what he did will amaze you

Jim Thorpe is the one to beat during his time at the Olympics. It was in 1912 and his name is the headline of the news. Jim is an American Indian from Oklahoma representing the USA in the 1912 Olympics for ‘Track and Field’.

Look closer

As you can see, he was wearing different socks and shoes. This photo was taken on the day he was about to compete. He did not do it for a fashion statement.

This is where the story gets deeper. On the morning of the contest, his shoes were mysteriously stolen. Being the fighter himself, he did not let this stress him out. He ended up finding to unmatching shoes in a garbage can. The other one was too big so he had to wear an extra sock.

He competed with these shoes and look what happened. He won two gold medals that day.


Imagine what would happen if he decided to mourn for the lost shoes. If he did not thrive to look for a dirty pair of unmatching shoes, do you think he will ever win his golds? I doubt.

This goes out to you, too. If you’re thinking about excuses, don’t. There are so many ways to comply with your deadline or win that championship match. If you really want something, no one and nothing can ever stop you from achieving it,

Written by Denis Santos

A Journalism student who considers nature as his second home. Likes to travel on a budget, and believes tofu and nuggets come hand in hand.

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