Friday, November 15, 2013

Olympic Games in 1972 - 127.8.1972

The four stamps on this cover celebrate the Olympic Games in 1972. The Upper two are for the Winter Olympic Games of 1972 which were held in Sapporo in Japan.  The lower two stamps are for theSummer Olympic Games of 1972, which were held in Munich which was then in West Germany. USPS released these stamps at Washinton on 17.8.1972.

Originating in Switzerland in the 1800s, bobsled racing has been included as part of the Olympic Games since 1924. Originally, tobogganers added runners to their sleds to increase speed, and they banked the course to add excitement. This issue salutes the 11th Olympic Winter Games.

The 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Munich, which was then in West Germany. It was the second Summer Olympics to be held in Germany. The first had been in 1936, when the Nazi regime was still in power. The U.S. team’s Mark Spitz set a world record by winning seven gold medals in a single Olympics. Spitz’s record stood until 2008, when Michael Phelps, also representing the U.S., won eight gold medals.

Olga Korbut, a tiny gymnast from the Soviet Union, captured the hearts of millions around the world as she took three gold medals. And came to be known as the perfect ten girl.

The Games were overshadowed by an act of terrorism known as the “Munich Massacre.” On September 5, eight Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and took 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and officials hostage. All of the Israelis were killed, along with five of the terrorists.

Thank you Merja.

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