|Nation||United Team of Germany (EUA)|
Where did he win his gold medal at during the 1960 Olympics?
Standing on the Second Street Bridge in Louisville, Kentucky, he did something that for most people would be unimaginable — he hurled an Olympic Gold Medal into the depths of the Ohio River. The year was 1960.
How did the US do in the 1960 Olympics?
The 1960 Summer Olympics also brought one of the first appearances of one of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever, Muhammad Ali.
|United States at the 1960 Summer Olympics|
|Flag bearer||Rafer Johnson|
|Medals Ranked 2nd||Gold 34 Silver 21 Bronze 16 Total 71|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
Who beat Muhammad Ali in the Olympics?
As Cassius Clay, Ali travelled to the 1960 Rome Games to compete in the light heavyweight division. Despite being only 18, he won all four of his fights easily. In the final he defeated three-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski to win the gold medal.
Are gold medals actually gold?
The gold medal is in fact made from gold-plated pure silver, with around 6 grams of gold out of a total weight of 556 grams. A silver medal is worth around $450 if you melt it down.
Why did Ali go to jail?
On April 28, 1967, with the United States at war in Vietnam, Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces, saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” On June 20, 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years.