John Carlos

Who is John Carlos?

John Carlos is a former track and field athlete and professional soccer player from the United States. John Carlos won a bronze medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics, and his Black Power salute on the podium alongside Tommie Smith sparked several political concerns.

John Carlos – Birth, Parents, Siblings & Education

John Carlos was born in The Bronx on June 5, 1945, and reared in Harlem, New York, as an All-American.

Vioris (née Lawrence, 1919-2016) was born in the West Indies to Afro-Cuban parents and raised in Santiago, Cuba. 

Earl V. Carlos, Sr. (1895-1969), his father, was a World War I veteran from Camden, South Carolina.

John was a gifted high school athlete and an outstanding student who attended East Texas State University on a full-time track and field scholarship.

His victories in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, as well as his participation in the four-400-meter relay, helped ETSU capture the Lone Star Conference championship in 1967.

Carlos transferred to San Jose State University after his freshman year because he was considered eligible by long-time National Track & Field Hall of Fame coach Lloyd (Bud) Winter.

Net Worth of John Carlos? Salary, Earning

Carlos did not reveal his salary till today, although John Carlos’ net worth is projected to be between $500,000 and $1 million as of 2022.

Facts of John Carlos

Age: 77 years 5 months
Birth Date: June 5, 1945
Full Name: John Carlos
Net Worth: $500-1 million
Profession Soccer player

Relationship, Married life, Boyfriend/Girlfriend

John Carlos, like other celebrities, keeps his personal and romantic life secret. 

As a result, there are no facts concerning his marital status or children.

However, there are some photos of him with family members on his Instagram page, implying that he is married and has children and grandchildren.

Body Measurement- Height, Weight, Hair Color

John Carlos is a former track and field athlete who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs roughly 85 kg. 

His eyes are dark, and he had black hair when he was younger, but he is now bald. 

There are no other body measurements available.

John Carlos – Professional Career

The 1968 Olympic Trials were held on the Californian side of Lake Tahoe at the Echo Summit trailhead, which is at the same elevation as Mexico City (7.377 meters above sea level). 

Carlos won the 200-meter dash in 19.92 seconds, beating out world record holder Tommie Smith and breaking his own record by 0.3 seconds. 

Although the record was never acknowledged because the shape of Carlos’ shoes (“brush spikes”) was not permitted at the time, the event cemented his reputation as a world-class sprinter.

Carlos was a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) and proposed a boycott of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games until four conditions were met: the removal of South Africa and Rhodesia from the Games, the return of Muhammad Ali’s world heavyweight boxing title, Avery Brundage’s retirement as IOC president, and the recruitment of more African-American assistant coaches.

As the boycott failed to get acceptance after the IOC rejected invitations to South Africa and Rhodesia, he promised to join with Smith, but only if he won a medal.

Carlos had his best year in track and field in 1969, when he equaled the world’s 100-yard record of 9.1, won the AAU 220-yard race, and helped San Jose State win its first NCAA title with 100 and 220 wins, as well as as a member of the 4110-yard relay.

He appeared on the cover of Track and Field Magazine in May 1969. 

He won the 200-meter gold medal in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1967, setting indoor records in the 60-meter (5.9) and 220-meter indoor sprints (21.2)


Carlos, a 15th-round prospect in the 1970 NFL Draft, attempted professional football after his road career, but a knee injury ended his tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. 

He then played one season with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. 

Carlos worked for Puma, the United States Olympic Committee, the 1984 Summer Olympics Organizing Committee, and the City of Los Angeles after retiring from football.

John Carlos is with his friend Tommie Smith. Source: Colorodo Springs

Carlos joined Palm Springs High School in California in 1985 as a mentor and suspension coordinator, as well as a track and field coach. 

In 2003, he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Political artist Rigo 23 created a monument of Carlos and Smith on the medal stand in 2005, which was dedicated to the San Jose State University campus.

John won the Trumpet Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2007.

Kenny Williams, the General Manager of the Chicago White Sox, is Carlos’ godfather. 

Carlos and Williams’ father were teammates in college.

Carlos was a torchbearer for the Human Rights Torch in April 2008, which ran concurrently with the 2008 Summer Olympics torch and drew attention to China’s human rights record.

Carlos attended the International Socialist Organization’s Socialism conference in July 2018.

John Carlos – Social Media Status

Carlos is a frequent user of the social media platform. 

He only has 61 followers on Twitter, yet he has 4319k followers on Instagram. 

On Facebook, he has 5576k fans that follow his page.

He maintains his own personal website,

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Quick Facts of John Carlos

  • John was inducted into the United States Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • He is the writer, with sportswriter Dave Zirin, of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, revealed in 2011 through Haymarket Books.
  • John was elected to the National Hall of Fame Track & Field in 2003.
  • In 2005, a statue showing Carlos and Smith on the medal stand was built by political artist Rigo 23 and dedicated to the San Jose State University campus.
  • In April 2008, John was a torchbearer for the Human Rights Torch, which ran parallel to the 2008 Summer Olympics torch and attracted attention to China’s human rights record.
  • He is active on the social media platform.