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Olympic Games protests: With all the kerfuffle about the Olympic torch, what happened to the two Black Power saluters (Tommie Smith and John Carlos) from the 1968 Olympic Games? What are they doing now?
And who was that third guy on the podium?
asked in olympic games, olympics, protest

Topaz2308 answers:

Tommie Smith played one year of professional American football called the Cincinnati Bengals. He became a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1996, Smith was inducted into the California Black Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1999 he received that organization's Sportsman of the Millennium Award. In 2000 - 2001 the County of Los Angeles and the State of Texas presented Smith with Commendation, Recognition and Proclamation Awards.

For his life-long commitment to athletics, education, and human rights following his silent gesture of protest at the '68 Olympics in Mexico City, Smith received the Courage of Conscience Award from The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

In 2005, a statue showing Smith and Carlos on the medal stand was constructed by political artist Rigo 23 and dedicated on the campus of San Jose State University.


Following his track career, Carlos tried professional football, but a knee injury curtailed his one-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He then went on to the Canadian Football League where he played one season each for the Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts. Following his retirement from football, Carlos worked for Puma, the United States Olympic Committee, the Organising Committee of the 1984 Summer Olympics and the City of Los Angeles.

In 1985, Carlos became a counselor and in-school suspension supervisor as well as the track and field coach, at Palm Springs, High School. In 2003, he was elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.

In 2005, a statue showing Carlos and Smith on the medal stand was constructed by political artist Rigo 23 and dedicated on the campus of San Jose State University. [1]

In 2007, John Carlos was honored at the Trumpet Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carlos helped train former NBA player Charles Barkley for his race against NBA official Dick Bavetta on Saturday night of the 2007 NBA All Star Weekend.

Carlos is the godfather of Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams. Carlos and Williams' father ran track together in college.

In April 2008, Carlos was a torch-bearer for the Human Rights Torch, [2], which is running in parallel to the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay and focusing attention on China's human rights record. [


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rasputin1309 answers:

"Third guy" was an Australian Peter Norman who although not raising his arm in a black glove, he did wear the same civil rights badge to show support for Carlos and Smith. Norman unfortunately died of a heart attack 18 months ago

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