This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Even today, we still see the old news media reliving those magic moments. Endurance athletes are worried over the pollution in China this summer just like the effects of high-altitude back in 1968.
Last fall, the press covered Dick Fosbury’s Flop and Bob Beamon’s 8.90m was in the press last week.
Also in the news last fall was 4 time Olympic Discus Champion Al Oerter Died at age 71.
In 2005, San Jose State University commemorated a statue honoring Tommie Smith and John Carlos for their controversial actions on the medal podium. (Photo and article here)
Speedendurance.com Guest Blogger Jay Hicks from PreRaceJitters.com has a great feature on Puma and the Tommie Smith” Suede Pack Shoes. I personally think the shoes are coming out 39 years too late. Why the long delay?
In the Year 2036 (reminds me of Zager and Evans song In the Year 2525), we will still remember Michael Johnson’s 19.32 set in Atlanta 1996. It wouldn’t surprise me that World Record for 200 meters will still be unbroken or his performance will be ranked the top 2 in the world, just like Bob Beamon’s long jump.
The world loves extraordinary feats set by ordinary people.