Sport’s Darkest Day

Our Worst Fears Realized

Just before dawn on September 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists penetrated the Olympic village and seized the Israeli Olympic team.  By midnight that night, all 11 would be dead following a failed rescue attempt on the tarmac of Munich airport.

Several hours later the world sobbed as Jim McKay uttered the words “they’re all gone.”

I spoke with former Congressman Tom McMillen who was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team about the Munich tragedy in 2012.

The Victims

Shot during the initial break-in
Killed at the airport

The Aftermath

The Israeli attempt to avenge the loss was depicted in the acclaimed film “Munich.”


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