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Discussion: Peter Norman?

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Oct 17, 2015 11:50 AM # 
Mostly for the Aussies, and granted, a very tangential subject, but I'd be interested to hear comments about the life and legacy of Peter Norman
I learned about him only recently from this article.
Oct 17, 2015 11:59 AM # 
I'd hazard a guess that I would have known more than most Australians before that article circulated round facebook, being a PE teacher and basically obsessed with sport in general, and I only knew some bits of what was in there. I reckon most people wouldn't have heard of him (or maybe I'm just not old enough).
Oct 17, 2015 1:17 PM # 
You're not old enough fletch. I watched the 200m final in '68, including the medal ceremony. It wasn't until several years later (probably around '75-'79 when I was at uni) that I realised Peter had been supportive of Smith & Carlos. I don't recall the broadcast (BBC, I was a pom at the time) mentioning that Peter was wearing a badge.
Oct 17, 2015 5:34 PM # 
Jon X:
Oct 17, 2015 5:57 PM # 
matzah ball:
I had never heard of him, and I live in the blank center of the US map, but I found the article very touching. A bit sad, of course, but great testimony to the character not only of this guy, but I tend to think, runners in general.
Oct 17, 2015 11:16 PM # 
I started to read the article expecting to read at some point that Norman took up orienteering.

I finished the article not caring that he hadn't...
Oct 18, 2015 7:56 AM # 
Until the film 'Salute' came out a few years back, I was aware of his athletic achievements and that he had been supportive of Smith and Carlos, but not of how badly he had been treated afterwards - there were a lot of troglodytes in those days on both the IOC and the Australian Olympic Committee (some would say there still are). I think it would be fair to say that there's much more awareness of him in Australia in the last few years, although sadly he didn't live to see it happen.
Oct 24, 2015 5:51 AM # 
his wife does street o in the western suburbs.

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