Why Did Jim Thorpe Lose His Olympic Medals?

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American athlete Jim Thorpe was stripped of his Olympic medals after it was discovered that he had violated the amateurism rules by being paid to play semi professional baseball for two seasons. However his medals were restored in 1983. Thorpe died in 1953 after his third heart failure.
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Even though he was paid very little, Jim Thorpe played minor baseball. Because of this, he lost them.
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