CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jul 25, 1976
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(Studio) Olympic games passed half-way mark today. United States gold medals of day noted. Film shown of Edward Moses and Mike Shine winning medals in 400-meter hurdles. Film of Mac Wilkins in discus competition, gold medal performance. Equestrian film shown, 2 gold medals noted, one team, one to Edmund Coffin of Strafford, VT.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Montreal, Canada) Films and pictures shown of 1968 Summer Olympics re: Tommy Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medals, respectively, in 200 meter sprint. John Carlos interviewed; feels he was misunderstood. [CARLOS - notes presence of pols. in Olympics. Says gesture was not meant to be contemptuous.] Carlos' life and problems since 1968 Olympics noted. Carlos says with mass walkout of black African nations in protest of New Zealand's sports ties with South Africa, it may be just as well American officials have shunned him. [CARLOS - says if he had gotten into Olympic Village, people might have said he hated African nations' leaving.] When Carlos went to games was greeted warmly by friends in stands. He sat among athletes in stands while watching track meets. [CARLOS - says he went through trials and tribulations but learned a lot about those who cast shadows on Tommy Smith and himself and about those who were supposed to be his friends.] Despite all, Carlos did what he thought necessary; has no regrets.
REPORTER: Steve Young