A biography of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe (1888-1953), focusing on how his boyhood education set the stage for his athletic achievements which gained him international fame and Olympic gold medals. Author's note details Thorpe's life after college. Jim Thorpe was born in a log cabin in 1887 to Native American parents. Given the name "Bright Path" by his mother, Jim lived up to his parents' hopes for him by overcoming the tragedies in his life and achieving beyond the path expected of children who grew up on reservations at the time. He became one of the world's greatest athletes.