Guest Column: An Olympic Heroine

The International Olympic Committee has refused to memorialize the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. The reason isn’t hard to guess. The images of discord, where athletes from muslim countries either leave the field, or where officials from Islamic nations bluster at the inappropriateness of such a tribute, would be shameful and disgusting to sane people around the world. Such evil and inhumanity is best kept under wraps if you want to pretend it doesn’t exist.

In some parts of the world, murder remains as fashionable as it was in parts of Germany in 1943.

Enter one gold medal winning American gymnast – Aly Raisman.

Her floor routine was accompanied by the folk song “Hava Nagila.” She said the choice wasn’t intentional, but was quick to add, “the fact it was on the 40th anniversary [of the Munich murders] is special, and winning the gold today means a lot to me. If there had been a moment’s silence, I would have supported it and respected it.”

Watch the video of her routine here.

C.S. Lewis wrote about the ongoing battle between lightness and dark, and that everyone is a participant whether they know it or not. Courageous acts by individual people are necessary to keep the dark at bay, whether a Marine in a desolate Mideast hell, or a gymnast with the courage to say what needs to be said, even if the IOC doesn’t.

J. Christian Adams

  • GypsyTyger

    Not just talent,but class. Bravo

  • Katharina Sri

    Unfortunately, only the very young Aly Raisman has the true courage of a real Olympian, especially for young people. I was watching the closing ceremony – it was all about fun, and no humility and bravery on the part of the OIC. They cannot even spare a mere one minute to remember the Munich 11 Jewish Olympian victims despite that they were murdered and tortured so savagely by alliance of Palestinian-German Neo-Nazi terrorists, and it happened in the Olympic Village and in Germany where the most brutal Jewish Holocaust was fundamentally committed not so long ago. Such extreme cowardice and arrogance by OIC has betrayed the Olympics Charter and democratic principles – especially to the future younger generations and Olympians.

  • piera prister

    The President of 1972 Olympics was Mr. Avery Brundage, a notorious Nazi sympathizer who facilitated the killings of the Israeli athletes. He was born in the US, but his first name Avery tells me that he was German, because we read in Julius Caesar and in Tacitus that Avari -as German tribe- were very belligerent.
    Mr. Brundage was very rich and he never allowed Jews to attend his parties at his residence in Sacramento, California. Nazis and Islamists built a mosque in Munich in the fifties and the terrorist Aboulima -who in 1993 tried to blow up the World Trade center- attended that mosque. That girl, Aly Raisman is really a wonderful athlete twice!
    Piera Prister

  • David Gardiner

    This young athlete's individual courage, sense of justice and integrity inspires all of us. This is a person equally beautiful in mind, body and spirit.