A look at the history of Native American Olympians
CSN Washington dot com. We only seventeen days away from the Olympic Games a mixture of rich histories woven together with legendary athletes. 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of the fifth Olympia in Stockholm Sweden. For an entire people began their Olympic journey. It's being celebrated right here in our nation's capital. Inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Is a story that continues to a ball and inspire. Hill it's just one of them it's Sox elect since it's behind and no coup. For. It is the story of the native American Olympic. Highlighted by Jim Clark's performance in 1912. Dwyane came to a stop the fifth of Sweden called him the greatest athlete in the world. Still considered true 100 years later. And I think it's wonderful celebrate dad. You know 100 anniversary. Only. Individual in the world to win over the decathlon pentathlon matchup. That's an amazing feat in itself there every -- and why. There's an athlete it's. Just it's a little food and he's a little faster. Concerts or move further. He -- You really ways you can works usually the Warriors. Or was one of those athletes. Yet -- does not standalone game native American Olympic history. You've got to -- who. World famous champion Olympic swimmer tonight this is our life. On -- -- who captured five Olympic medals in swimming including three goal. And is also considered the father of surfing. That time I couldn't believe. -- -- -- He had shattered the world record. Not by fractions but I -- seconds. But the true motivation for native Americans has never been medals. But the values and virtues that define. Typified by Billy mills and his stunning 1964. Victory in the 101000 meters in Tokyo. And my dad is a little more -- and you have broken wings. And if you do these things -- -- rear -- of the week. In the final moments of this race. Mills saw something as deep pass -- German competitor. Look -- there's I mean the ones who just loses people like you would like him and I can win. And. OK. Okay. Great the tape I wanna I wanna want. To thank the German focusing. Felt we -- Finally found him and there's no legal. You lose the perception this. Sort I remember there was this. Perception is another grievance and we usually. Mills this story is a timeless reminder that the lessons of the past. -- helped shape the future a future that now includes supporting and encouraging often troubled native American youth they must. And learn and must know the history. Of the native American and the native American athlete. Think you learn about the history of our people can utilize it as a catalyst to do good through. And you're going to pursue their dream it's great to -- in LA at the end it's even better to be a native American Olympian. And of course in America. I love to be an Olympian. I'm sure that moment your moment with another woman who couldn't be so horrible. Do you do to -- its secrets. Native Americans may never be prominent part the games they most certainly remain a significant one. And -- population numbers in faded the success and pride -- -- an Olympic history. Well not. CSN Washington dot com.