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The starting pistol was fired and Smith powered to gold. But out of nowhere Norman stormed down the last 50 meters, taking the line before a shocked Carlos. Norman's time of 20 seconds flat would have won gold four years later at the Munich Olympics and at the Sydney Games in A fateful decision Smith and Carlos had already decided to make a statement on the podium. They were to wear black gloves. But Carlos left his at the Olympic village.
It was Norman who suggested they should wear one each on alternate hands. Yet Norman had no means of making a protest of his own. So he asked a member of the U.
I only had one, which was mine, so I took it off and gave it to him.
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The medals were handed out before the three turned towards the flags and the start of the Star Spangled Banner.
The stadium went quiet. Norman was never given the chance to go a step closer. He was never picked to run in the Olympics again.
Norman retired from athletics immediately after hearing he'd been cut from the Munich team. He would never return to the track. Neither would his achievements count for much 28 years later when Sydney hosted the Olympics. He was the greatest Olympic sprinter in our history. As soon as the U. He was invited to the birthday party of and meter runner Michael Johnson, where he was to be the guest of honor.
Johnson took his hand, hugged him and declared that Norman was one of his biggest heroes. In a country known for its reverence of sporting legends, many were hearing Norman's story for the first time.
But he would never see the film that would put his achievements back into the public consciousness. Peter Norman died of a heart attack on October 9, At the funeral both Smith and Carlos gave the eulogy, where they announced that the U. In response to their actions, he ordered Smith and Carlos suspended from the US team and banned from the Olympic Village. This threat led to the expulsion of the two athletes from the Games.
He argued that the Nazi salute, being a national salute at the time, was acceptable in a competition of nations, while the athletes' salute was not of a nation and therefore unacceptable. Time magazine on October 25,wrote: He is now a public speaker. Carlos also tried professional football, was a 15th round selection in the NFL Draftbut a knee injury curtailed his tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Inhis ex-wife committed suicide, leading him to a period of depression. Inhe became a track and field coach at Palm Springs High School.
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As ofCarlos works as a counselor at the school. Julius Patchingthe Australian Chef de Mission, was amused and semi-jokingly told Norman off in private with the words, "They're screaming out for your blood, so consider yourself severely reprimanded.
Now, you got any tickets for the hockey today? However Australian officials say he was not picked because he came third in the Australian trials,  in part due to a knee injury which severely affected his performance;  that he was only cautioned after the incident, and he had been profiled "one of our finest Olympians".
Norman also represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games. When Norman died inSmith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral. The film was written, directed and produced by Matt Normana nephew of Peter Norman. In an article, Small noted that the athletes of the British team attending the Olympics in Beijing had been asked to sign gagging clauses which would have restricted their right to make political statements but that they had refused.
Ever since, they have been inspirations to generations of athletes like myself, who can only aspire to their example of putting principle before personal interest. It was their misfortune to be far greater human beings than the leaders of the IOC of the day.
He said these men had done a courageous thing to advance civil rights, and, yet, they had never been honored by their own school. Clark Hall and Tower Hall. Those who come to view the statue are allowed to participate by standing on the monument. Peter Norman is not included in the monument so viewers can be in his place; there is a plaque in the empty spot inviting those to "Take a Stand. The right shoe, a bronze, blue Puma, is next to Carlos; while the left shoe is placed behind Smith.
The signature of the artist is on the back of Smith's shoe, and the year is on Carlos's shoe. The faces of the statues are realistic and emotional.