Amateurism in the Olympics Print This Article Historically, when people used to watch the Olympics, they thought the athletes were playing for
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Until the eighties only amateurs were allowed to participate in the Olympic games. A famous episode from Olympic history is the Thorpe case. A famous episode from Olympic history is the Thorpe case. James Thorpe was an American athlete who won both the pentathlon and the decathlon at the 1912 games of Stockholm.
Why Were Only Amateur Sportsmen and Women Allowed To Compete In The Olympic Games? Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the International Olympic Committee and was the driving force behind the first of the modern Olympic Games.