James Francis "Jim" Thorpe (May 1888 – March was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (Caucasian and Native American). Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and de
Somebody stole his shoes before his race. All he could find were two shoes of different sizes discarded in the trash can. One was too big so he wore extra socks. He ran his race like this, and got an Olympic gold medal, and set a world record.