Posts Tagged ‘1968’

From Mexico with Gold

When I traveled to Mexico City four years ago, I never expected that I would meet Olympic Gold medalist Tommie Smith one day. Four years ago, I was thrilled to see the outside of the Estadio Olimpico Universitario during a family vacation to Mexico. This year I met Tommie Smith.

Estadio Olímpico Universitario-2009

The 1968 Summer Games were important athletically and culturally. Bob Beamon won the long jump with a world record he held for more than 22 years. In the high jump, Dick Fosbury introduced the “Fosbury Flop.” Czech gymnast  Vera Caslavska won four gold and two silver medals becoming the all-time most successful Olympic gymnast. The 1968 Games are also known for the Tommie Smith and John Carlos Black Power salute.

The 2013 Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet was held at Edwards Stadium on the University of California Berkeley campus on Saturday and Sunday June 1-2, 2013. Tommie Smith broke the world record at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and became an international symbol for human rights when he received his Gold Medal. (bryan farley)

Last December I attended an event at San Jose State. There is a statue of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. When I saw the statue, I did not know that either athlete was still alive.… Read the rest