PUMA Tommie Smith Gold Clyde

By - August 22nd, 2008

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It was during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City when the 2 U.S. athletes stood shoeless, with black socks, as they collected their medals for the 200 meter race – Gold for Tommie Smith and Bronze for John Carlos. As the United States’ national anthem played, both raised a fisted arm in black glove and bowed their heads, to signified the racial & social inequalities within the U.S. The Silver medalist, Peter Norman of Australia, who is White, showed his support to their cause by wearing Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. The sensation and the controversy caused the 2 athletes to be striped of their medals and expelled from the game. However, it also imprinted deeply into Americans’ social conscience as the time. To honor those courageous actions 40 years ago, and that pivotal point in the struggle of equality on and off the track & field, PUMA launched the Tommie Smith Gold Clyde.  Made entirely in metallic gold leather and embossed all over with the 1968 Mexico City Olympic gold medal pattern, the PUMA Tommie Smith Gold Clyde highlighted the athlete’s achivement on the track that very day.  Smith’s time of 19.83 seconds in the 200 meter race could be seen on the tongue labels, along with reference of the 1968 Olympic game in Mexic City on the interior liner.  Comes with 4 different color laces.  Available now at selective retailers with PUMA account, like Overkill in Berlin.

Overkill Shop
K ¶penicker Stra Ÿe 195 | aarow rightMap
10997 Berlin, Germany
TEL #: +49-30-6950-6126

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