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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Competing nations have long used the Olympics as a forum where they can symbolically voice their ideals or political grievances though gestures, by wining or by not showing up at all. A sampling:

1936 BERLIN: Parroting Nazi ideas of racial supremacy, German media insult black members of the U.S. team before the Games. But in competition Jesse Owens wins four gold medals, as well as a standing ovation from the German spectators.

1968 MEXICO CITY: Medalist Tommie Smith and John Carlos silently protest ongoing racial discrimination in the U.S.

1972 MUNICH: A Palestinian group kidnaps 11 Israelis, all of whom are killed.

1980 MOSCOW: In the largest boycott in Olympic history, the U.S. and more than 60 other countries skip the games to protest the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.

1984 LOS ANGELES: In response to the 1980 boycott, Russia and several Eastern nations refuse to participate.

(Source:NEWSWEEK MAG/ View gallery of what's going wrong at past Olympics at extra.Newsweek.com)
posted by infraternam meam @ 1:39 PM  
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