The late sprinter Ronnie Ray Smith received a memorial service befitting his Olympic champion status.
The service for Smith, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. 4x100m relay team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, will be featured on TLC’s “Best Funeral Ever” on Monday night
Here’s why: A casket was rolled over a finish line and propped up on a podium, as reported by the New York Post. Then, loved ones participated in a black-gloved salute like that of Smith’s Olympic teammates, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
Ronnie Ray Smith died on March 31 in a Los Angeles hospice at age 64.
Here are more photos from TLC of the memorial service:
Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.