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Frank Shorter reflects on winning the Olympic Marathon, 50 years after Munich massacre

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On Sept. 10, 1972, a terrorist attack happened at the Olympics in Munich, West Germany. A hostage crisis simmered and 11 Israeli athletes were killed.

American runner Frank Shorter and his teammates debated whether to run after the attack but decided to push forward. Shorter went on to win the gold, becoming the first American winner of that event in over 60 years.

Reporter Alex Ashlock met with Shorter, as he reflects on that day.

This segment aired on September 14, 2022.

Alex Ashlock Twitter Producer, Here & Now
Alex Ashlock was a producer for Here & Now since 2005. He started his WBUR career as senior producer of Morning Edition in 1998.

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