1968 olympic games

Jacques Esterel’s French Olympic Uniforms in 1968.
models, wearing the new uniforms of the French Olympic team for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, walking along a street in Paris with French fashion designer Jacques Esterel, who designed the uniforms, in August 1968.

Tiffany stained-glass ceiling of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. This 1899 upmarket department store with a soaring Tiffany stained-glass ceiling in the lobby was transformed into a luxury hotel in anticipation of the 1968 Olympic Games. The ceiling, which evokes the country’s Mesoamerican heritage with a lively palette of turquoise and gold, was designed by French artisan Jacques Gruber and also features a Louis XV–style chandelier. Photograph: Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy, source: lifebuzz.com and architecturaldigest.com.

The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian Silver medalist Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their protest. Both Americans were expelled from the games as a result.

i’d also like to make mention of a story i only learned about a few weeks ago: the black power salute made by american gold and bronze medalists tommie smith and john carlos during the 200m dash medal ceremony at the 1968 mexico city olympics.

smith, who won gold with a world-record time of 19.83 seconds, and carlos accepted their medals shoeless, wearing only black socks, to represent black poverty in the united states. smith wore a black scarf to symbolize black pride, and carlos wore a string of beads in memory of victims of racially-motivated killings. they both wore one black glove. during the playing of the national anthem, smith and carlos bowed their heads and raised their gloved fists, to the resounding boos of the crowd.

tommie smith later said of the event:

If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight.

the (incredibly racist nazi sympathizer) head of the international olympic committee, avery brundage, responded by banning smith and carlos from the olympic village. the us olympic committee protested but folded under threats of the banning of the entire us track team. brundage believed it was a political statement unfit for the “apolitical” nature of the olympics. brundage also had no problem with nazi salutes during the berlin olympics. big surprise there.

america wasn’t particularly thrilled with smith and carlos either. time magazine ran an issue with a cover featuring the olympic rings and the caption “angrier, nastier, uglier” (mocking the slogan “faster, higher, stronger”). smith and carlos’ families received death threats.

we (hopefully) remember them now as they deserve to be remembered: as heroes brave enough to use their sudden fame to make a stand for what they believed in, two proud people unwilling to shut up and gloss over their community’s suffering in order to look good on the global stage. 

there is a statue commemorating the incident at san jose state university, both of the athletes’ alma mater.

also worth noting, an example of how to be a good ally: prior to the ceremony, smith and carlos told the silver medalist, australian peter norman, their plans. they told him their reasons. he gave them his support, answering that he believed in human rights. carlos stated later that he expected to see fear in norman’s eyes, but instead, “saw love.” norman did not participate in the salute but joined smith and carlos in wearing a badge for their cause, the olympic project for human rights. norman was ostracized by the media and banned from competitive track and field for two years; australia also chose not to send any male sprinters to the 1972 olympic games rather than send norman, who qualified thirteen times during 1972. he died in 2006; smith and carlos were pallbearers and delivered eulogies at his funeral.

Black Athletes Expelled From 1968 Olympics For Protest Against Racial Inequality Invited to White House

Black Athletes Expelled From 1968 Olympics For Protest Against Racial Inequality Invited to White House

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ALEX GALLARDO/REUTERS Two black U.S. medalists who were expelled from the 1968 Olympic Games for staging a protest on the podium have been invited to the White House. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two men featured in the iconic photo with their raised-fist protest at the Mexico City Games, have been invited by the U.S. Olympic Committee to attend a White House gala and meet President Barack…

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Vista de la fachada principal, Pista de Hielo Insurgentes, Calz. Gral. Mariano Escobedo esq Homero, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, México DF 1962 (Destruido)

Utiliza para las competiciones de lucha libre en los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano 1968.

Arq. Juan José Díaz Infante con Arqs. Carlos Quintana Echogoyen y Mario Quintana Echegoyen

View of the main facade, Insurgentes Ice Rink, Mariano Escobedo at Homero, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City 1962 (destroyed)

Used for wrestling competitions during the 1968 Summer Olympic games.