With New Year's 2014, world attention turns to the coming winter Olympics in Sochi. Egypt recently banned its athletes from displaying the Rabaa, a four-fingered hand gesture favored by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The American flag was raised upward, and Smith and Carlos responded by bowing their heads and raising their black-gloved fists. The next 90-seconds produced one of the most iconic images in sports history.
They say sports and politics don't mix. One sportswriter disagrees with that. In fact, he would argue that professional sports has always been political and has been a positive force in shaping American society.