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SILENT BACKER: Norman lent the Americans more than moral support

Peter Norman was the other guy in one of the most famous images of the 20th century. As The Star-Spangled Banner rang out during presentations for the 200-m sprint at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, the Australian silver medalist gazed at the flag rising in his honor. Behind him, history was being made. Tommie Smith and John Carlos used the occasion to protest their country's treatment of African Americans, each raising a gloved fist in the Black Power salute, a gesture of solidarity and defiance. Bowing to pressure from the International Olympic Committee, U.S. authorities sent...

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