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1972 Munich
Olympic Stadium

Olympiastadion

1972 Munich Olympic Stadium

  Venue Resources  
Address Munich, Germany
Weather
Newspaper
Satellite View
  Metal Count  
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USSR
USA
East Germany
West Germany
Japan
Hungary
Bulgaria
Australia
Poland
Italy
Great Britain
50
33
20
13
13
6
6
8
7
5
4
27
31
23
11
8
13
10
7
5
3
5
22
30
23
16
8
16
5
2
9
10
9
99
94
66
40
29
35
21
17
21
18
18
Hotels, Dining & Deals in Munich, Germany

  The Facility  
Date Built May 26, 1972
Ownership
(Management)
State
(Olympiapark Munich GmbH)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction Unknown
Stadium Architect Frei Otto, Gunther Behnisch, Hermann Peltz, Carlo Weber
General
Contractors /
Construction Managers
Bilfinger Berger
Olympic Capacity 80,000
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants 1972 Summer Olympics
FC Bayern Munich
(19722005)
TSV 1860 Munich
(19722005)
Population Base 5,000,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Munich "Franz Josef Strauss" Airport (MUC)

1972 Munich Olympic Stadium

On September 5, 1972, with six days left in the Games, eight Arab commandos slipped into the Olympic Village, killed two Israeli team members and seized nine others as hostages. Later that night, all nine were killed in a shootout between the terrorists and West German police at a military airport.

The tragedy stunned the world and stopped the XXth Olympiad in its tracks. But after suspending competition for 24 hours and holding a memorial service attended by 80,000 at the main stadium, 84-year-old outgoing IOC president Avery Brundage and his committee ordered the Games to continue.

They went on without 22-year-old swimmer Mark Spitz, who had set an Olympic gold medal record by winning four individual and three relay events, all in world record times. Spitz, an American Jew, was an inviting target for further terrorism and agreed with West German officials when they advised him to leave the country.

The pall that fell over Munich quieted an otherwise boisterous Games that saw American swimmer Rick DeMont stripped of a gold medal for taking asthma medication and track medalists Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett of the U.S. banned for life for fooling around on the victory stand during the American national anthem.

The United States also lost an Olympic basketball game for the first time ever (they were 62-0) when the Russians were given three chances to convert a last-second inbound pass and finally won, 51-50. The U.S. refused the silver medal.

Munich was also where 17-year-old Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut and 16-year-old swimmer Shane Gould of Australia won three gold medals each and Britain's 33-year-old Mary Peters won the pentathlon.

Source: 1996 Information Please Sports Almanac

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