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Peter Normans Black Power Statement - 1968 Olympic Games, Mexico

When Peter Norman split the black American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the final of the 200 metres in Mexico City Olympic Games in 1968, he earned himself a niche forever inside in of the most controversial moments in Olympic history.

Smith and Carlos had personal memories of race riots in Alabama, and together on the victory rostrum as the US flag was raised and the anthem played they stared downwards and raised black- gloved fists in a black power salute - a gesture of anger and defiance. 

Norman, who won the silver medal, stood beside them on the victory dais, wearing a civil rights button in support.  He made clear his sympathy later when he told reporters: "Every man is born equal, and should be treated that way".

 

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.