A Race to Remember
The Peter Norman Story
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A Race to Remember is the biography of Peter Norman, the silver medal-winning white Australian who, at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, stood on the dais and proudly wore a civil rights badge in support of the silent protest made against racial discrimination. Alongside him, African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos were immortalised forever as they raised their black-gloved fists into the night sky in the so-called 'Black Power' salute. The protest rocked the Olympic Movement to its very core and sent shockwaves throughout the world. Norman's life was never the same following the Olympics. He paid a heavy price for his fame and missed selection for the 1972 Olympics despite his number five world ranking. He abandoned his faith and his first wife and three young children and after suffering a horrendous injury during an ill-fated career comeback, spiralled down a path of personal destruction, leaving family and friends heartbroken. Olympian, activist, humanist, father: Peter Norman was many things to many people. Yet despite being Australia's most successful Olympic male sprinter, he has never been truly celebrated as an eminent figure of our sporting and social history until now. A Race to Remember is the tie-in book to the major motion picture Salute. For the first time ever the full story of the protest is told with input from all three Olympic medalists.
- JoJo Publishing, August 2012
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