Great moments in Olympics: Mexico 1968

This was one of the most exciting moments in Olympics, it happened in October 16, 1968, in Mexico. In 200 m, the athlete Tommie Smith (US) won gold, Peter Norman (Australia) won silver, and John Carlos (US), bronze. On the podium, Smith and Carlos raised their fists, with black gloves, showing the Black Power salute.

1968 Olympics Black Power salute
1968 Olympics Black Power salute, taken from wikipedia

Smith and Carlos wore black socks and no shoes, to represent black poverty. As curiosity, John Carlos forgot his gloves in the Olympic Village and had to use Smith’s left-handed glove. The three athletes, including Peter Norman, wore an OPHR (Olympic Project for Human Rights) badge. Norman showed in this way his support for the two US athletes.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos were immediately punished by their action. The president of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage, suspended Smith and Carlos from the U.S. team (“nasty demonstration against the American flag by negroes”, was his comment about the gesture). It’s good to know that Brundage had been president of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1936, during the Berlin Olympics, and had made no objections against Nazi salutes, also he spoke with admiration of the progress of Germany under the Hitler regime.

Peter Norman was reprimanded too by Australia’s Olympic authorities. Even, four years later, he wasn’t sent to Munich 1972, Australia Olympic Committee prefered not to send any sprinter by first time since 1896.

           

Many years later, both U.S. athletes got recognition and awards by their gesture: Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey, Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, a statue showing them on the metal stand on San Jose State University, etc. Recently John Carlos took part speaking in Ocuppy Wall Street.

The Australian athlete, Peter Norman, died of a heart attack in 2006. Smith and Carlos were pallbearers in his funeral.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Great moments in Olympics: Mexico 1968

  1. SECONDLIFE STEALS MONEY. SECONDLIFE.COM STEALS MY MONEY ALMOST 600DOLLARS AND THEY DONT WANNA GIVE BACK MY MONEY AND THEY WANNA KEEP IT. ALMOST 600DOLLARS THEY STEAL IT FROM ME AND A LOT OF PEOPLE COMPALIN THAT THEY STEAL MONEY BUT THEY DONT CARE ABOUT LITTLE PEOPLE. LINDEN LAB STEALS LOTS OF MONEY AND THAT HOW THEY EARNBIG TO STEAL OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.

    Like

  2. I know Linden Lab behavior is dishonest and unethical, and this blog has some posts about that matter. So, you should choose better where you comment, because this post is about other matter.

    Like

Post a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s