Muhammad Ali Short Biography

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One of the greatest mysteries of the 1996 Olympic summer games in Atlanta, was solved at 28 minutes past midnight the day of the opening ceremony. The crowd went wild when the Olympic torch was handed to Muhammad Ali. Ali, the Olympic gold medal boxer, lifted the torch as the crowd was screaming ‘Ali’. Ali then sent the fire soaring above the stadium to light the ceremonial Olympic cauldron. This moment was one of the greatest of many sports fans, considering all the tragedy he has been through, he still carried out the mission as the champion.
"Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky" (2 page 1). Ali has always shown that he could handle anything in or out of the ring. Growing up in the south where color had everything to do with who you were, Ali experienced many trials due to racism and prejudice. The discrimination he faced as a child and young adult also helped him in his training and drive for boxing. Ali learned of his passion for boxing during an incident as a child. At the age of twelve his bike was stolen and during a conversation with a police officer, he told him that he wanted to beat up the thief. The officer Joe Martin told Ali he had
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In 2005, President George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Ali. In Louisville, Kentucky Ali’s hometown, he opened the Muhammad Ali Center to help so many people with their Medicare problem like he had. Although the despite of his disease he was very active in his public life. Later in 2009, after Obama was elected, Ali received an award from the President called the NAACP for his public service efforts. Ali was known for the greatest boxer in the history, his legend continues to grow throughout the years with his encouraging quotes. Although he not only celebrated by his athletic skills for boxing but for his willingness to speak his

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