There he was, a symbol of greatness, trembling as he lit the 1996 Olympic cauldron. What the public saw, though, wasn’t a broken idol. Beyond the shaking, they saw courage. They saw an American icon whose legendary status had been on the rise since winning gold at the Olympics more than four decades earlier.

The Atlanta Olympics was one of the most public displays of Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s disease since he was diagnosed 12 years earlier. The boxing great, who died Friday at 74, would spend the next two decades after that surprise appearance using his fame to raise awareness and fight for a cure. Read more…

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Muhammad Ali was one of Parkinson’s ‘strongest fighters’