Mills wants activism to be remembered more than gold medal
August 6, 2020
TOKYO — A few years before Billy Mills won his gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Native American was several floors up in front of an open hotel window,standing on a chair and ready to jump.
He was despondent over yet another racial slight, this time being excluded from a photograph because of his brown skin. It happened several times, often after he'd won a big race.
Unknown to him at the time, his bouts of depression were also triggered by un-diagnosed hypoglycemia and type-two diabetes.