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1972 München Summer Games

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Host City: München, West Germany (August 26, 1972 to September 11, 1972)
Opening Ceremony: August 26, 1972 (opened by President Gustave Heinemann)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Günter Zahn
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Heidi Schüller (athlete) and Heinz Pollay (official)
Closing Ceremony: September 11, 1972
Events: 193 in 23 sports

Participants: 7,113 (6,052 men and 1,060 women) from 121 countries
Youngest Participant: AUT Werner Grieshofer (12 years, 188 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Lorna Johnstone (70 years, 4 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Mark Spitz (7 medals)
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (99 medals)

Overview

The Munich Olympics began beneath the warm summer sun of a Bavarian afternoon and ended in the cool autumn twilight of a German evening. They began as The Games of Peace and Joy, in which the West German government attempted to atone for the militaristic Nazi image so associated with the 1936 Berlin Games. They ended as The Games of Terror and Tragedy.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 50 27 22 99
2 United States 33 31 30 94
3 East Germany 20 23 23 66
4 West Germany 13 11 16 40
5 Hungary 6 13 16 35
6 Japan 13 8 8 29
7 Poland 7 5 9 21
8 Bulgaria 6 10 5 21
9 Italy 5 3 10 18
10 Great Britain 4 5 9 18
11 Australia 8 7 2 17
12 Sweden 4 6 6 16
13 Romania 3 6 7 16
14 France 2 4 7 13
15 Kenya 2 3 4 9
16 Cuba 3 1 4 8
17 Finland 3 1 4 8
18 Czechoslovakia 2 4 2 8
19 Netherlands 3 1 1 5
20 Yugoslavia 2 1 2 5
21 North Korea 1 1 3 5
22 Canada 0 2 3 5
23 Norway 2 1 1 4
24 New Zealand 1 1 1 3
25 Switzerland 0 3 0 3
26 Iran 0 2 1 3
27 Colombia 0 1 2 3
28 Austria 0 1 2 3
29 Uganda 1 1 0 2
30 Belgium 0 2 0 2
31 Greece 0 2 0 2
32 Brazil 0 0 2 2
33 Ethiopia 0 0 2 2
34 Denmark 1 0 0 1
35 Mexico 0 1 0 1
36 Lebanon 0 1 0 1
37 Pakistan 0 1 0 1
38 Tunisia 0 1 0 1
39 Argentina 0 1 0 1
40 Turkey 0 1 0 1
41 Mongolia 0 1 0 1
42 South Korea 0 1 0 1
43 Spain 0 0 1 1
44 Niger 0 0 1 1
45 Ghana 0 0 1 1
46 Nigeria 0 0 1 1
47 India 0 0 1 1
48 Jamaica 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Mark Spitz (USA) 7 0 0 7
2 Sawao Kato (JPN) 3 2 0 5
3 Shane Gould (AUS) 3 1 1 5
4 Karin Janz (GDR) 2 2 1 5
5 Olga Korbut (URS) 3 1 0 4
6 Shirley Babashoff (USA) 2 2 0 4
7 Lyudmila Turishcheva (URS) 2 1 1 4
8 Akinori Nakayama (JPN) 2 1 1 4
9 Roland Matthes (GDR) 2 1 1 4
10 Jerry Heidenreich (USA) 2 1 1 4
11 Tamara Lazakovich (URS) 1 1 2 4
12 Shigeru Kasamatsu (JPN) 1 1 2 4
13 Eizo Kenmotsu (JPN) 1 1 2 4
14 Melissa Belote (USA) 3 0 0 3
15 Sandy Neilson (USA) 3 0 0 3
16 Renate Stecher (GDR) 2 1 0 3
17 Heide Rosendahl (FRG) 2 1 0 3
18 Valeriy Borzov (URS) 2 1 0 3
19 Mitsuo Tsukahara (JPN) 2 0 1 3
20 John Hencken (USA) 2 0 1 3
21 Viktor Klimenko (URS) 1 2 0 3
22 Steve Genter (USA) 1 2 0 3
23 Mike Stamm (USA) 1 2 0 3
24 Nikolay Andrianov (URS) 1 1 1 3
25 Susie Atwood (USA) 1 1 1 3
26 Erika Zuchold (GDR) 0 3 0 3
27 Kornelia Ender (GDR) 0 3 0 3
28 Novella Calligaris (ITA) 0 1 2 3
29 Vladimir Bure (URS) 0 1 2 3

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