27 Jul '12, 2am

EVENING READ: Frank Shorter recalls the tragedy of the 1972 Munich Games.

EVENING READ: Frank Shorter recalls the tragedy of the 1972 Munich Games.

By Peter Gambaccini Photo of Frank Shorter in 2012 by Victah Sailer Frank Shorter’s epochal 1972 Olympic marathon victory in Munich came just five days after terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes in that city. The gold medalist got a vivid reminder of all of that on a recent trip to Germany for a documentary on the 40th anniversary of those events. Shorter, as John Meyer recounts in The Denver Post , felt at the time that the marathoners, competing five days after the killings, might be in danger themselves, but he told teammate Kenny Moore, "I'm not going to think about it. Because if I do, they win." Moore, in recalling their days in Munich, has said, “All we could do when the race got tough was compare our paltry sacrifice with their supreme one. [Shorter] transformed sorrow into Olympic gold." "Your immediate response cannot be fear, because fear is the major objective...

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