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Tommie Smith and John Carlos to be inducted into U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2019

9/23/2019
 

Iconic 1968 Olympic medalists and activists Tommie Smith and Dr. John Carlos will be inducted as Legends in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame, class of 2019, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) announced today. 


At the 1968 Olympic Games Mexico City, the two sprinters earned coveted medals for Team USA in the men’s 200m -- gold and a new world record for Smith in 19.83, and bronze for Carlos. They used their moment on the medal stand to protest for racial equality and at the time received significant backlash. They continued to persevere and in recent years have since been honored by former President Barack Obama and USATF, among others. 


Per the USOPC, the Hall of Fame class of 2019 is comprised of nine individuals, one team, two legends, one coach and one special contributor, and together, represents 12 different sports.


The induction ceremony will take place on November 1 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. See the official press release on teamusa.org.




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