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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)
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Heidi Schüller (athlete) and Heinz Pollay (official)
Closing Ceremony: September 11, 1972
Events: 193 in 23 sports

Participants: 7,114 (6,053 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