Phelps strikes gold,

On August 12, 2008, Michael Phelps became the fifth person to claim nine Olympic gold medals when he won the 200-meter freestyle in Beijing. Phelps finished the first 50 meters of the race .03 seconds behind Australia’s Moss Burmester but bounced back to lead half way through the race. He was ahead of Burmester by .58…

Lewis ties Owens with gold

On August 11, 1984, American track star, Carl Lewis, ran in the 4×100 relay as he tied Jesse Owens  when he claimed his fourth gold track and field medal one Olympiad. Lewis’ four golds in the Los Angeles Games came after participating in the long jump, 100 and 200 meter sprints alongside the relay, the same…

Runners suspended for black power protest

On October 18, 1968, American sprinters, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-glove-covered fists to give the black power salute as stood on the podium to receive their gold and bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. They were both suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Their intention was to bring international attention to the Civil Rights Movement…