USA Gymnast Aly Raisman Reveals Gold Medal Winning Routine Tribute To The 1972 Munch Game Massacre

Today I saw this story on Facebook, it struck me in such a way that I wanted to share with my blog…

During the 1972 Munich Games, a group of Palestinian terrorist kidnapped and killed much of the Israeli team in a highly-publicized ordeal. My family are very big in Sports, so the Olympics are a huge part of our lives during both seasons, Winter & Summer. I was only 12 yrs old when this happen the the Israeli Team, I took it a little bit differently as my best is Jewish & my snow ski instructor was an Olympian distant runner. The games are a part of my being, within my spirit, & I love the movement, emotion & passion the Athletes have. But mostly how it brings some many people from different parts of the world together in HARMONY to do their best & be with so many other’s with a like minded desire to be the best in the world…

Sharing how Aly dedicated her Gold Metal to these men that shared the same passions Aly has for achievement on a world wide level. I hope and pray that the families that had there son, daddy, husband, brother & uncle taken from them on that day in Munich, & are aware of her giving spirit and love for her heritage… Aly Raisman you are a HERO to millions & and an ANGEL to even more ♥

 American gymnast Aly Raisman has revealed the music for her gold medal-winning floor routine at the London Olympics was a tribute to the victims of the 1972 Munich Games terror attack.

The 18-year-old said choosing Hava Nagila- a traditional score used for wedding dances and bat mitzvah – was a response to the International Olympic Committee’s failure to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

And for Aly, from Needham, Massachusetts, she said it made her gold even more special.

‘I can only imagine how painful it must be for the families and close personal friends of the victims,’ she said.

‘I am Jewish, that’s why I wanted that floor music,’ she told the New York Post. ‘I wanted something the crowd could clap to, especially being here in London.

‘It makes it even much more if the audience is going through everything with you. That was really cool and fun to hear the audience clapping.’

Eleven Israeli athletes were killed during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the now infamous Palestinian terrorist attack. Only recently it has been revealed German neo-Nazis helped them.

A campaign was launched by Israeli officials and the widow of one of the victims for a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony but IOC president Jacques Rogge ruled that out.

NBC’s Bob Costas also blasted the decision, saying it was ‘insensitive’ and held his own moment of silence when Israeli athletes marched into the Olympic Stadium.

Aly was shocked when the judges announced her winning score of 15.600 points that made her the first American woman to strike gold in the Olympic floor exercise.

‘That was the best floor performance I’ve ever done, and to do it for the Olympics is like a dream,’ Aly said.

Rabbi Keith Stern, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, where the Raisman family are members, said: ‘She is a focused person.

‘She’s very proud and upfront about being Jewish. Neither she nor her family explicitly sought to send a message. But it shows how very integrated her Jewish heritage is in everything that she does.’

Alexandra Raisman Floor Exercise 2012 London UK

http://youtu.be/x7hpWenVBCw

Aly Raisman the story behind this young driven young Athlete:

http://youtu.be/9rk0a6UjZRQ

Thank You,

Blessings~

Suzan

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