"I opened it up," she said. "It was the rules and regulations for the 1912 Olympics. There was Rule 13 -- a challenge [to amateur status] had to be done within 30 days [of the closing ceremony] to take away someone's medals."
"They originally took Thorpe's medals away seven months after the Olympics," Ms. Ridlon said. "We had heard there was a rule stating that if a challenge wasn't made to a competitor within 30 days, the victory would stand. But the IOC kept saying there were no written regulations for the 1912 games. What we needed was some kind of proof."