Μunich 1972

On 5 September, eight Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli team and taking nine hostages. In the ensuing battle, all nine Israeli hostages were killed, as were five of the terrorists and one policeman. In defiance of the terrorists, the IOC ordered the competitions to resume after a pause of 34 hours.

Highlights

All other details of the Munich Games pale in significance, but it did have its highlights. The Munich Games were the largest yet, setting records in all categories, with 195 events and 7,173 athletes from 121 National Olympic Committees.

Debuts and firsts

Men’s indoor handball, slalom canoeing and kayaking all made their Olympic debuts. West German Liselott Linsenhoff, competing in the dressage event, became the first female equestrian to win a gold medal, and archery returned to the Olympic programme after a 52-year absence.

Memorable champions

US swimmer Mark Spitz won an incredible seven gold medals and broke seven world records. Yet the media star of the Munich Games was the tiny Soviet gymnast, Olga Korbut, whose dramatic cycle of success in the team competition, failure in the individual competition and renewed success in the apparatus finals captured the attention of fans worldwide.

Greek medals

Two silver for Greece with the wrestler Babis Holidis and Ilias Chatzipavlis in sailing

NOCs 121
Athletes 7,134 (1,059 women, 6,075 men)
Events 195

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Ελληνικές Συμμετοχές: 2
Flag bearer: Δήμας Πύρρος
Team Captain:

Μετάλλια

Petros Galaktopoulos: Silver Medal, Wrestling, Μunich 1972
Ilias Chatzipavlis: Silver Medal, Sailing, Μunich 1972