EVENT: 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City
COMPLEX SAYS: The U.S. track and field team dominated that year's events by taking home 12 gold medals and breaking five records. However, the most defining moment of the games came as Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists for the 200 meters event, went up on the medal podium with black gloves raised in protest of the injustices African Americans were facing back home. Winning Olympic medals? Pretty badass. The Black Power salute on the world's stage despite the consequences? Supremely badass.