Whatever news ambitions still lurked within me had been fulfilled. One day had been sufficient.
—Jim McKay, ABC Wide World of Sports
September 6, 1972 — The Summer Olympics resumed in Munich, West Germany, a day after the deadly hostage crisis that claimed the lives of 11 Israelis and five Arab abductors.
We’ve just gotten the final word… When I was a kid, my father used to say our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said that there were 11 hostages. Two were killed in their rooms… Nine others were killed at the airport tonight. They’re all gone. —Jim McKay, after 16 hours of reporting, for ABC’s Wide World of Sports at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany
September 5, 1972 — Terror struck the Munich Olympic games in West Germany as Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation. Palestinian terrorists killed 2 athletes and took 9 others and their
September 4, 1972 — U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seventh Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the Munich Summer Olympics.
August 31, 1972 — At the Munich Summer Olympics American swimmer Mark Spitz won his fourth and fifth gold medals, in the 100-meter butterfly and 800-meter freestyle relay.