The Olympic Games as a Political Platform

At the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympic Games, as Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black gloved fists in protest during the playing of the National anthem, they had no idea how it would affect the life of silver medalist Peter Norman and neither did he.

Lecture Description

The Olympics is one of the few global sporting events that captures the world’s attention every two years. Throughout its modern history, Olympic athletes have used this global platform to transform sports into political messaging, with both positive and negative results.

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Politics Sports and Recreation

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