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.
Villa Olímpica para el juegos de Verano 1968 durante la construcción. A la izquierda, el Centro de Prensa diseñado por el arquitecto, David Muñoz. En el fondo, la “Unidad Habitacional Villa Olímpica Libertador Miguel Hidalgo”, diseñado por los arquitectos Héctor Velázquez, Manuel González Rul, Agustín Hernández, Ramón Torres Martínez y Carlos Ortega. Av. Insurgentes Sur, Tlalpan, México DF 1968
Foto. Bob Schalkwijk
Olympic Village for the 1968 Summer Games during construction. On the left, the Media Centre. In the background, the “Olympic Village Housing Unit Libertador Miguel Hidalgo”. Av. Insurgentes Sur, Tlalpan, Mexico DF 1968
On this day in 1968, the United States Olympic Committee suspended athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving the black power salute while standing on the podium during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City Olympic Games. In the 200 meter dash event, Smith, who won gold and broke the world record, along with Carlos, who won bronze, raised their fists in what was known as the black power salute and kept them raised throughout the duration of the American national anthem. The silver medalist on the same podium was an Australian who wore a human rights badge in support of their protest. It’s worth pointing out that IOC president Avery Brundage had no qualms during the 1936 Olympics for German’s to use the Nazi salute, defending it by saying that it was the salute of their nation and therefore acceptable. Because of their demonstration, Smith and Carlos were ostracized and received death threats for a number of years. Despite the negative reaction, the action is now considered to be symbolic of bravery and encapsulating the Olympic spirit, and has been commemorated with a stenciled mural of the photograph in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.