On August 9th, 1936, African-American athlete Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal of the Berlin Games, entering Olympic history by subverting Adolf Hitler's claim that "Aryan" athletes were superior. Owens is still considered by many to be the greatest Olympian of all time.
2012 is also the fortieth anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics, during which 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and then murdered by the terrorist organisation Black September. A German policeman and 5 terrorists were also killed.
Andrew Hogg writes about both the Berlin (1936) and Munich (1972) Olympics. There is an English translation below the break.
Die Olympischen Spiele fanden zweimal im 20.Jahrhundert in Deutschland statt - 1936 und 1972. Beide Veranstaltungen wurden von politischer Auseinandersetzung geprägt.
|Jesse Owens receives one of his four gold medals|
(source: Sports Illustrated)
|Chilling image of one of the members of Black September|
|Olga Korbutt (who won 3 golds at the Munich Olympics)|
(English translation below the break)
This article was originally published in Portsmouth Point magazine's Olympics edition.