The Legacy Of The Olympic Games

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Kyle Walsh
History 261
Adam Johnson
3 April 2015
The Salute Seen Around the World For nearly as long as humans have been around, some form of athletic competition has also existed. Dating back to the ancient Romans, people would travel from all around to see their men compete. Since 1894, the International Olympic Committee has organized the worldwide event we know as the modern Olympic Games. The games have for a long time been a center point of many protests, revolving around the current events and arguments of the time. American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos created one of the most iconic and socially important Olympic protests at the 1968 Summer Games, when they raised their fists up while giving the Black Panther salute on the podium. A gesture that has been celebrated, criticized, and discussed to this day.
The Olympic Games are one of the most followed events in the world. As the games grew in popularity and viewership, thanks to the improvements of technology throughout the 20th Century, these protests became more recognizable. The Olympics create an international platform with one of the largest viewing audiences of any TV event, making it very easy to send ones message to many nations. Not only that, but the messages that the athletes would display were viewed at under a closer scope, as they represent their countries. The protests and complaints made were looked at as national headlines and other governments would often scrutinize the countries of the
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