Rafer Johnson 1960 Olympics Bronzed Spike (ex-Helms Museum)
Immortalized in bronze, this spiked shoe was worn by Rafer Johnson to win the gold medal in the 17th Olympiad Games held in Rome in 1960. Described in the Helms Hall Sports Museum inventory as: OGE960.Q0021" spiked shoe (bronzed) Bronze plated spiked shoe. Worn by Rafer Johnson, decathlon champion at 17th Olympiad. 1960 11 1/2 x 3 13/16 x 4, Rafer Johnson OLYMPIC GAMES (17TH: 1960: ROME, ITALY) TRACK & FIELD: DECATHLO Very Good". A renaissance man, decathlete Rafer Johnon was not only one of the greatest Olympic athletes but a film actor and humanitarian. The 1960 Olympic gold and 1956 silver medalist, was also the flag bearer at the 1960 Olympics and lit the Olympic Flame in Los Angeles in 1984. He turned his celebrity into public service, instrumental in creating the California Special Olympics. He touched tragedy in tackling Sirhan Sirhan moments after he had fatally shot Robert F. Kennedy. The shoe is NRMT, from the collection of the esteemed Helms Hall Sports Museum and will come with letter of provenance/authenticity from Lelands.com.
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