IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- OCTOBER 12, 1968- OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE XIX GAME OF THE SUMMER OLYMPIAD – MEXICO CITY GAMES

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It was fifty years ago today- October 12, 1968 the opening ceremonies took place for the Games of the XIX Summer Olympiad  held in Mexico City. These games would be the first to be held in Latin American and in a Spanish speaking country. This is the third time the summer games has been held in the last quarter of the year- the other times 1956 in Melbourne and the 1964 games in Tokyo. Mexico City was awarded the games 5 years earlier on October 18, 1963 they won over Detroit, Lyon, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can you imagine the potential for disaster had it been awarded to Detroit? They were burning the city down in 1968.  The torch relay for the 1968 games recreated the route that Christopher Columbus took to the New World- going from Greece, Italy, Spain to San Salvador Island, Bahamas and then on to Mexico.

video of opening ceremonies below

 

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2 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- OCTOBER 12, 1968- OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE XIX GAME OF THE SUMMER OLYMPIAD – MEXICO CITY GAMES

  1. That was an historic Olympic with a fascinating mixture of patriotism and protest! To this day, I greatly respect Tommie Smith and John Carlos. I think this was the last Olympiad to not have the prefix of summer — in 1972, it was started to be called the Summer Olympics.

    • Years ago I thought Smith and Carlos were wrong but my mind has changed on that issue over time. It took great courage in 1968 to do what they did- and they paid a price for their courage. That was my first Olympics- so it is special in my mind. Anymore- to me at least the Games have lost their zip.

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