Dec 2, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT
The late sprinter Ronnie Ray Smith received a memorial service befitting his Olympic champion status.
The service for Smith, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. 4x100m relay team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, will be featured on TLC’s “Best Funeral Ever” on Monday night
Here’s why: A casket was rolled over a finish line and propped up on a podium, as reported by the New York Post. Then, loved ones participated in a black-gloved salute like that of Smith’s Olympic teammates, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
Ronnie Ray Smith died on March 31 in a Los Angeles hospice at age 64.
Here are more photos from TLC of the memorial service:
- Meb Keflezighi, Caroline Wozniacki to run New York City Marathon 0
- U.S. swimming rankings going into National Championships 0
- German long jump champion, a Paralympian, left off European Championships roster 2
- Eddy Alvarez heats up in Arizona League 0
- U.S. 400m runner Torrin Lawrence dies in car accident 0
- Brazil’s Olympic coach wants Neymar to play at Rio 2016 0
- U.S. teams sweep World Series of Beach Volleyball (video) 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (61)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (56)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (38)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)