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I do not like this article. The first thing it mentions about the Games is this terrible terrorist massacre. Why? That is yellow press-style not that of an encyclopedia.

mac_c 22:09, 6 Aug 2003 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the massacre is probably what people remember most about the games. It should not be buried deep in the article. Funnyhat 21:32, 30 Apr 2005 (UTC)

In case someone has this on their watchlist, please see if you can answer my question at Wikipedia:Reference desk#Ymer Pampuri. Thanks, Dori | Talk 17:31, Mar 28, 2004 (UTC)

We should find a better headline than "Highlights" for the section whose first entry is the terrorist incident. AxelBoldt 10:23, 10 Aug 2004 (UTC)

I've converted it to "Facts". Hopefully this will be better. --Jeroenvrp 01:47, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)

I have added a little bit more information (second and third paragraph) on the Games in general and corrected the info on the Munich Massacre. As english is not my first language I hope someone will correct all mistakes I made. Thank you! Dani_skr 21:23, 26 Sep 2005 (GMT)

Could someone who knows their history better than I add either "West" or "East" before the first mention of "Germany"? Thanks.

It was West Germany. I've amended the article to reflect that. -- Jonel | Speak 03:53, 7 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Double Terrorist Coverage[edit]

In the opening paragraphs it describes the terrorist attack twice in quick succession. Which one should be deleted?


The fact that Steven Spielberg made a hollywood film about the massacre more than 30 years after it happened does not seem noteworthy enough to mention in the first section of the article. Why not talk about the massacre itself rather than a distorted, biased interpretation of it? Yes, and include as many as possible eyewitness accounts — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:06, 27 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Did China participate this year, or not?[edit]

Why is Republic of China colored grey on the map of participating nations? They are listed in the "Participating Nations" section of the article, but they are not green on the map, so one has to be incorrect. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:33, 9 January 2007 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Republic of China (Taiwan) is colored green on the map. You sure you dont mean Mainland China --Astrokey44 00:41, 9 January 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Prefontaine was a long-distance runner, not middle distance. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

What's up with this?[edit]

"During the Munich attack, an interesting discovery was found. West Germany had played the games. East Germany however decided not to enter. They secretly were providing plans and weapons for Black September. Creepy isn't it?"

Needless to say, someone needs to take a look at this... Asm82 22:19, 15 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You were completely right to remove it. I've warned the person who added it (it was added about 2 hours before you saw and deleted it) about adding unsourced theories such as that; if there were any reliable sources indicating that East Germany was complicit in the attacks, I'm pretty sure there would already be some mention of such a major point. -- Jonel | Speak 03:19, 16 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Possibly inflammatory, libelous and un-encyclopedic[edit]

However, after the vehement protests of FIBA secretary general R. William Jones of Great Britain, the referees added three seconds back to the clock due to error in re-starting the clock. Jones had no authority to intervene during a game, but his reputation was such that the officials dared not disobey him.

Jones stated in an interview a few years later that if he had not intervened, the Soviets would have had grounds for a protest, as the coach had legally and properly requested a time-out, which the officials failed to give him. I don't know what the FIBA rules were at the time (they have probably changed since then, and they have always been different from the NBA and NCAA rules to which most Americans are accustomed), but they may have given the secretary-general the authority to do just what he did. Since the secretary-general was essentially the person who wrote the rulebook, he would have known whether or not his actions were correct. In any case, the above statement should be sourced, re-worked to be less inflammatory, or simply deleted. 19:41, 11 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Jones had no authority to make a ruling, as referenced in this Sports Illustrated article: . I've reworded the article to say "Although Jones had no authority during an Olympic game, he overruled the officials' decision." BBCOFFEECAT (talk) 01:09, 29 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The Only Reason Anyone Would Come To This Article Is For *"Munich Massacre"* SapientiaSativa 03:40, 20 October 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Participating countries[edit]

According to the IOC and to the info in the infobox 121 countries participated. The number of countries which is listed at the "Participating countries" sums up to 123. Any idea what the reason could be? Miho NL (talk) 21:55, 29 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Guinea was a mistake, and I removed that. Not sure about the other one yet... The list of 122 is directly from the official report of the Games, and my guess is that one of the smaller nations sent one or two people that ended up not competing. That situation has happened before. It would likely be uncovered when we get around to adding the individual results to all the "Nation at the 1972 Summer Olympics" pages. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 22:07, 29 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I checked with the data on [1]. They list 121 countries and in our list there is Libya extra. Libya is not coloured on the map, but the source of this map is this same olympic museum. Maybe this helps you further? Miho NL (talk) 00:06, 30 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yeah, that's it. Libya entered three cyclists (per official report here, page 554) but they were all no-shows for their respective events. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 00:30, 30 January 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm planning to start the parade of nations page, so did Libya competed or just paraded and then withdraw from Munich? The German version stated that Libya entered 1 competitor and I thought I saw them in the parade of nations video from the links. Griff88 (talk) 04:48, 19 March 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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The Architect[edit]

We need to know the architect that involved in the studies of soap bubbles.

I agree. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:00, 1 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The closing ceremonies of 1972 Summer Olympics[edit]

The closing ceremonies originally scheduled for Sunday September 10,1972 was celebrated to the next day Monday September 11,1972.This change obey to the declaration of mourning day and suspension for a day declared by Avery Brundage for the unsucceful attempt to rescue from Palestian terrorists of the 11 Israeli athletes which were remembered when inmediately the Olympic Flame extingished the local sounds in voice of the German actor Joachim Fusberger said in English,French and German the phrase: "In Memory of the Victims".

Before Avery Brundage entered the podium, were posted the flag of Greece, the Federal Republic of Germany and Canada and played the referendum. The last appearance of IOC President since 1952 followed at 30. September 1972 his duties to the Irish Lord Michael Killanin would pass. As last job, Avery Brundage said games the XX. Olympics over and called on the youth of the world to gather to the XXI in Montreal in four years. Olympic summer to celebrate. He established the following personal words in German to the public: I love Munich your warm and cheerful hospitality has moved us deeply. Together we have celebrated the days of radiant joy and we have endured serious hours deepest darkness together with you. The turning is time. We return to our home and call you all: Goodbye! Then followed minutenlanger applause of the audience. When decreased 85 old year American to the official gallery, "" thank you, Avery Brundage"." was on the scoreboard of the stadium in large characters. The stadium was in the dark only the Olympic fire burned yet. 20: 02 A.m., the flame under the sound of a trumpet and eight timpani died. Then viewers levied is to commemorate the victims of the attack. Spärlicher light, the Olympic flag was obtained and worn from the stadium. Then there was total darkness. A 130 meters high and 450 meters long Kunststoffschlauch filled with helium broadcast suddenly as huge Rainbow over the stadium and as shortly thereafter the lighting was back on, 40 Bavarian Trachtengruppen in the Interior of the stadium had established. Originally they had to dance, but they remained unmoved relate to serious mining. Fackelträger formed a highlight chain to the stadium round up Marathon software. See the sounds of big band of the Bundeswehr led by Günter Noris playing "" Munich fanfare March "the common march of the athletes, caregiver and Trachtengruppen from the Olympic followed." Each of approximately 62.000 spectator who filled the Olympic Stadium got a small light from the participants.

Source: —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nekko09 (talkcontribs) 03:37, 30 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Highlights Section: US Basketball Team[edit]

Something I wanted to point for possible changing, as I didn't want to do it myself, unless there was sufficient justification.

In the "HIGHLIGHTS" section, there is a mentioning of the controversy which resulted in the United States Basketball Team losing the Gold Medal match to the USSR (aka Soviet Union). Then this mentioning says that "Ultimately the U.S team refused to accept their silver medal, which remains held in a vault in Lausanne, Switzerland."

I was just wondering if perhaps "medal" should be plural, because I see that in other team events, medals are awarded to each team member. If this was true for Basketball in 1972, then that vault in Lausanne may be holding more than one silver medal.

Thanx-A-Lot, Frank Fgf2007 (talk) 04:50, 27 January 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

-- Yes, it should be, and is now. GormtheDBA (talk) 20:04, 12 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"The Happy Games"[edit]

A basic Google search provided some fairly valid sources for the claim of the motto, and from the pack this book might serve as the most reliable; however, I'm not particularly good with citing books as sources, and I'm ambivalent on using the URL. Is anyone willing to integrate the book itself as a source in the lead so we can remove the {{citation needed}} tag? KirkCliff2 (talk) 00:06, 15 January 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The non-free use of this file in 1972 Summer Olympics#Medals awarded is being discussed at WP:NFCR#File:Waldi, Olympic logo 1972.png. All interested editors are invited to participate. - Marchjuly (talk) 08:00, 15 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

dumb people writing history[edit]

Do these people not realize that Munich and Munchen are two completely different cities? They have blatantly gotten them mixed up. The Olympics of 72 were in Munchen and NOT Munich. DUH! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:55, 7 August 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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