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Brother of the Fist: The Passing of Peter Norman [14 Oct 2006|03:03pm]


Peter Norman (left) with Tommie Smith (centre) and John Carlos

Brother of the Fist: The Passing of Peter Norman
By Dave Zirin

Almost four decades later, the image can still make
hairs rise on unsuspecting necks. It's 1968, and 200
meter gold medalist Tommie Smith stands next to bronze
winner John Carlos, their raised black gloved fists
smashing the sky on the medal stand in Mexico City.
They were Trojan Horses of Rage -- bringing the Black
revolution into that citadel of propriety and
hypocrisy: the Olympic games.

When people see that image, their eyes are drawn like
magnets toward Smith and Carlos, standing in black
socks, their heads bowed in controlled concentration.

Less noticed is the silver medalist. He is hardly
mentioned in official retrospectives, and people
assume him to be a Forrest Gump-type figure, just
another of those unwitting witnesses to history who
always end up in the back of famous frames. Only the
perceptive notice that this seemingly anonymous
individual is wearing a rather large button emblazoned
with the letters O-P-H-R, standing for the Olympic
Project for Human Rights.

Only those who see the film footage notice that he
never throws a furtive glance back at fellow medal
winners as they raise their fists. He never registers
surprise or alarm. At a moment that epitomized the
electric shock of rebellion, his gaze is cool,
implacable, his back ramrod straight, a fellow soldier
proud to stand with his brothers.

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[25 Dec 2005|09:42pm]

Is there any track and field athletes in Michigan out there that would be interested in going to Australia to compete? email me for more information......I am the Head Coach for the Michigan Track and Field team.


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[17 May 2005|09:25pm]

Question.....how far are womens cross country races at the college level??
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[25 Apr 2005|07:34pm]

..got nothing more to say except..that..i really Hope We can WIN tommorow against Cousino..i know the distance is gona sweep the events..but the sprinters can't give up soo many points..alrigh thats all igot..wish us luck.

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