Posted by: danielfee | July 30, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-30-2012

Olympic Stadium – Munich, Germany


Olympic Stadium

Returning to the Olympic theme, today’s travel photo is of the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany. It was forty years ago (1972) that Germany hosted the games. Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in swimming, setting a new world record in each event, and making him the greatest, most decorated Olympian  in any single Olympics. That was until Michael Phelps came along in 2008 in Beijing to win 8 gold medals.

But it was the tragedy that happened away from the competition for which the Munich Olympics is most remembered. The games were overshadowed by what has come to be known as the Munich massacre. A group of eight Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and took nine Israeli athletes, coaches and officials hostage in their apartments. Two of the hostages who resisted were killed in the first moments of the break-in. A subsequent stand-off lasted for almost 18 hours. Late in the evening, the terrorists and their hostages were transferred by helicopter to the airport ostensibly to board a plane bound for an undetermined Arab country. However, the German authorities planned to ambush them there, but underestimated the number of terrorists and botched the rescue attempt. All of the Israeli hostages were killed. After a 24-hour delay the remainer of the  games were completed.



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