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Retro Olympics Gallery: When An 18-Year-Old Cassius Clay Won Gold In Rome
In 1960, 18-year-old Louisville light heavyweight Cassius Clay announced himself to the world. A few months out of high school, Clay wore a parachute strapped to him on the flight over to the US. He would leave his stamp on the Olympics, earning himself the moniker ‘Mayor of the Olympics Village’. This Clay/Ali’s first step on the way to be becoming the biggest sporting icon of the 20th century. He beat Zigzy Pietrzykowski to win gold. You’ll find some of the better photos of Clay’s experience in Rome below.