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IOC Won’t Honor Olympic Massacre Victims

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The 1972 Olympics had some memorable stories.

Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in swimming.

The United States lost a basketball game for the first time ever.  Well, it got stolen from them.

Olga Korbut became a media darling in gymnastics.

Frank Shorter became the first American to win the marathon since 1908.

And all of that was overshadowed by the darkest moment in Olympics history:  The massacre of Israeli athletes and coaches.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of that horrible event.  And, Israel wanted to mark the occasion by a moment of silence to open the games.

But the International Olympic Committee apparently won’t be honoring that request.

Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC, said he would personally attend the traditional Israeli delegation tribute to the victims and pointed out the victims have been honored previously.

Israel says the response is unacceptable.

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