Olympics: Apology offered to athlete on black power podium
BY Staff and Wire Reports
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
An American athlete who took part in a controversial black-power salute at the 1968 Olympics says an Australian parliamentary apology to silver medalist Peter Norman might have come too late. On Monday, federal lawmakers in Canberra, Australia, praised the "heroism and humility" of the late Australian sprinter for standing in solidarity with gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos on the podium following the 200-meter race at Mexico City. Norman was later chastised at home for his stand, and reports suggested that he was shunned from future Olympic selection.