The Anonymous Widower

Munich Olympic Park

I’ve been to several Olympic Parks and some like Montreal and Athens are not in the best of health. But Munich appears to be in use.

It is in my view one of the world’s most iconic sports stadia.

It is place full of tragedy and happiness.

I remember watching on television as the massacre at the Olympic village unfolded. Thankfully, no Olympics has seen anything like it since.

But there is a lesser tragedy entwined in the site and that is of one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes Lillian Board, who died in Munich of cancer, a couple of years before the 1972 Olympic Games. One of the paths on the site has been given her name. She was truly a multi-talented person, who represented her country at all distances up to a mile, and surely, she must be one of few people, who’ve received their MBE from the Queen, in a coat they’ve designed and made themselves.

Then there is the sadness and triumph in the medal tables on the honours board. Look at those of the women athletes and there is an awful lot of DDR and USSR. How many were clean?

But tucked in at the bottom is Mary Peters, who produced the performance of her life to win gold in the pentathlon. Of all the sporting events I’ve seen, both live and on television, her performance in Munich is in the top ten.

April 15, 2013 - Posted by | Sport, World | , , , ,

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