“The Angry Black Athlete”
High in the LA Coliseum stands, Tommie Smith stood in a huddle of friends. Smith, the sprinter who holds ten world records, had just won a 200-meter dash that was one of the most important of his life. A radioman thrust a long microphone toward him and began, “Tommy, you ran with real power out there…” Call it black power” said Smith. End of interview.
Newsweek July 15, 1968
On This Date In 1976, Nadia Comaneci Becomes The First Gymnast In Olympic History To Score A Perfect 10
Nadia. Her name was whispered excitedly every time she approached an exercise. On the sidelines she was restless, pacing while her competitors sat and waited, occasionally doing difficult backflips with the casual ease of a ballplayer waving a bat in an on-deck circle. Then it was time for action, and as the hush came over the capacity crowd in the Montreal Forum, all the nervousness and little-girl shyness went out of the child-heroine of the XXI Olympiad. Suddenly 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci of Romania was in complete, exhilarating command of her tiny body - and of the worldwide television audience.
Newsweek August 2, 1976
Peggy Fleming In Action- 1968
America’s best bet for an Olympic gold medal [she won] is wrapped in a trim 109-pound package that keeps its cool on and off the ice. The only time Peggy Gale Fleming heats up a bit is when a European restaurant can’t supply her favorite energy-building dish- macaroni and cheese. Then the shy bambi-like teen-ager is likely to mumble a polite excuse, retreat to her hotel room, dig out a box of elbow macaroni from a suitcase and fix her own meal.
Newsweek February 5, 1968