The 1972 Summer Olympics may have been one of the saddest Olympics ever, but as they always say, ‘The ten facts must go on!’
- The 1972 Summer Olympics was held in Munich in West Germany. The opening ceremony started on August the 26th and the closing ceremony ended on September the 10th.
- The 1972 Summer Olympic games’ logo was a blue solar sun, named ‘Bright Sun’ and the mascot was a colourful Dachshund dog, Waldi.
- During the stages of the games, a terrorist group attacked and took hostage 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. The hostages were killed in a rescue attempt along with 5 of the terrorists and 1 West German police officer.
- United States’ Mark Spitz set a word record for winning the most gold medals (7) in swimming events. Spitz was later beaten in 2008 by 1 medal.
- Americans, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were banned from the Olympic games for eternity since they joked around and showed no respect when they got their medals on the podium.
- Slalom canoeing was held for the first time at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games.
- The top 5 nations to win medals were: on 5th place, Japan (29); 4th, West Germany (40); 3rd, East Germany (66); 2nd, United States (94); and 1st, Soviet Union (99).
- The 1972 Summer Olympic games medals had a picture of the traditional goddess of victory, which has been used since the 1928 games.
- 5,000 copies of the 1972 Olympic games’ posters were made for the occasion.
- 11 new countries participated in the Olympic games for the very first time. These countries were Albania, Burkina Faso, Benin, Gabon, North Korea, Lesotho, Malawi, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Swaziland and Togo.