HBO’s “Real Sports” will profile Australian 1968 Olympic 200m silver medalist Peter Norman in an episode premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
Norman finished between Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 200m final at the Mexico City Games.
Largely forgotten, Norman’s story is chronicled by “Real Sports,” with the help of Smith and Carlos.
Norman died of a heart attack in 2006, and Smith and Carlos flew to Australia to serve as pallbearers and deliver eulogies at his funeral.
Smith and Carlos reflected on the role Norman played in their famous raised-fists podium gesture in this transcript from “Real Sports:”
Tommie Smith: “I had my gloves. And there was some discussion in the tunnel between John and myself.”
John Carlos: “Peter was there and he was kinda curious as to what we were doing, what we were talking about. And I turned to Peter and I asked him. I said, ‘Peter,’ I said, ‘Do you believe in human rights?’”
Real Sports: “You said– you expected to see fear in his eyes. Instead–”
John Carlos: “I didn’t see nothing but love, man. He looked at me and he smiled. He said, ‘Of course.’ And I said to him, I said, ‘Would you like to wear Olympic Project for Human Rights button?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ And he started reaching for mine. And I pat him on his hand. I said, ‘Whoa, you can’t have this. But I’ll get you one.’”
Real Sports: “He didn’t hesitate?”
John Carlos: “Mr. Norman never flinched.”
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