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Olympic souvenir banner used by swimmer Victoria King at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics

Olympic souvenir banner used by swimmer Victoria King at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics

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1968 Summer Olympics souvenir banner is blue fabric with yellow fringe at the bottom. At 15, Victoria King, the youngest member of USA Swimming at the 1968 Mexico City Games, was an alternate for the 800 and 400 m freestyles and the relays.
The 1968 Olympic Games were the first to be held in Latin America and the first in a Spanish speaking country. The 1968 US Olympic track and field team was one of the most successful track teams’ ever-assembled winning twenty-four medals, including twelve golds. The high altitude of Mexico City, where the Games were held, was attributed to many of the records broken in the short distance races although those in the endurance races suffered from the lack of oxygen. These games also introduced the world to the Fosbury flop as Dick Fosbury won the gold with a new backward approach to the high jump, 16-year-old Debbie Meyer became the first US woman to win three individual golds in swimming and newcomer, George Foreman won Gold in boxing. These Games were the first to subject athletes to drug testing which led to the first disqualification of an athlete after consuming beer before his pentathlon competition. The politically charged atmosphere around the globe that year also contributed to controversy on the medal podium when two African-American athletes held black gloved hands high and bowed their heads during the National Anthem in response to the civil rights protests prevalent in the United States.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banner, olympics
olympic souvenir banner
date made
1968
user
King, Victoria
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in; 19.05 cm x 14.605 cm
ID Number
2018.0081.09
accession number
2018.0081
catalog number
2018.0081.09
subject
Swimming
Olympics
Women
Olympic Summer Games: Mexico City, 1968
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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