Rafer Johnson, was among the finest athletes of his time, has died. He was 84.
Johnson gained his first Olympic medal in 1956, when he acquired a silver within the decathlon. In 1958, he was named SI’s Sportsman Of The 12 months and broke racial boundaries when he was given the AAU James Sullivan Award, which yearly went to the perfect amatuer athlete in america. Within the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Johnson served as flag bearer for Staff USA within the opening ceremony and gained gold within the decathlon.
However his Olympic run didn’t finish there. In 1968, he served on the organizing committee for the primary Particular Olympics. A 12 months later, Johnson helped discovered and arrange the California Particular Olympics. And in 1984, Johnson famously lit the Olympic flame at first of the Los Angeles video games.
After retiring from athletics, he labored as a sportscaster and on Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential marketing campaign. There, Johnson witnessed Kennedy’s assassination — and, together with a handful of others, tackled RFK’s killer, Sirhan Sirhan.
Johnson can also be remembered for the roles he performed in function movies and tv. As an actor, he was featured within the James Bond movie License to Kill, Tarzan and the Nice River, Roots: The Subsequent Generations and extra.