October 15th, 2010
01:52 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Tommie Smith

The Olympic athlete known for symbolizing Black Power on the podium at the 1968 games in Mexico City, Mexico, has placed his gold medal up for auction. Tommie Smith, now a 66-year-old resident of Georgia, has hired M.I.T. Memorabilia to handle the auction, which will close November 4, according to KTLA-Los Angeles. The asking price is $250,000.

Smith, a former San Jose State University sprinter, won the gold for the 200 meters in Mexico City. Teammate John Carlos also placed. During the U.S. national anthem, the two raised black-gloved fists and bowed their heads. Though they were kicked out of the Olympic Village at the time, they eventually earned international acclaim.

KTLA: Olympian in '68 black power salute to sell medal

Ingmar Guandique

Chandra Levy’s disappearance near Washington’s Rock Creek Park in 2001 was the hot story that summer. This Monday, Guandique, a Salvadorian immigrant charged with her murder, will stand trial.

The investigation initially focused on then-U.S. Rep. Gary Condit of California. Condit, in his mid-50s at the time, was having an affair with the 24-year-old.

A jogger found Levy’s body in Rock Creek Park in 2002. Guandique, already convicted and eventually imprisoned for two similar assaults in the park, became a main suspect.

Levy’s mother Susan will be permitted to attend the entire trial even though she is a potential witness.

The Washington Times: Levy murder trial revives passions, regrets

The Washington Post: Excerpt from the book 'Finding Chandra'

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Edgar Friendly

    Those two guys won Olympic gold for the United States. You can hate them however much as you want, but they've done more for America than most of you have, so show some respect. The Olympics may be "apolitical", but that hasn't stopped the US or other countries from politicizing it in the past.

    October 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimmie

      So true.

      October 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Games James

    A black fist still scares America. I love being a black man.

    October 16, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. ray gibbs

    For many, our shared history, undaunting symbol (s).

    October 16, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
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