Lewis Tewanima

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Lewis Tewanima
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Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 1912 Stockholm 10000 metres

Lewis Tewanima (1888–January 18, 1969), also spelled Louis Tewanima, was an American two-time Olympic distance runner and silver medalist in the 10,000 meter run in 1912. He was a Hopi Indian and ran for the Carlisle Indian School where he was a teammate of Jim Thorpe.


Tewanima competed for United States in the 1908 Olympic Games, held in London, where he finished in ninth place in the marathon. He finished second to Finnish runner Hannes Kolehmainen in the 10,000 meters in 1912 in Stockholm, Sweden, the same games where Thorpe won both the pentathlon and decathlon.[1]

Tewanima is a running legend to the Hopi tribe and there is a race dedicated to him every year on top of Second Mesa.[2] The race is primarily a 5K and 10K which is held on the weekend of Labor Day. The course starts in the village on top of the mesa and follows the highway down the mesa. The 10K includes a 3 mile run through a riverbed. The last part of both the 5K and 10K is a climb up stairs to the top of the mesa where the finish line is located. Among other great runners, Billy Mills has been sighted in attendance at this event called the Tewanima.

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  1. ^ "Tewanima Defeats Bellars In Match; Indian Covers Five Miles at Vailsburgh in 27:22". New York Times. August 11, 1912. Retrieved 2010-11-04. "Before a big crowd at the Motordrome Stadium at Vailsburgh, N.J., to-day, Louis Tewanima, the Carlisle Indian School athlete, who finished second in the 10,000-meter race at the Olympic games at Stockholm, and Ben and Platt Adams of the New York Athletic Club, who scored points for the United States team in the standing high and broad jumps, displayed their skill which earned for them international reputations." 
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated