49Summer OlympicsTriumph Amid Tragedy
Date / Sep 4, 1972
Location / Munich, Germany
Moment / In the midst of one of the greatest tragedies in Olympic history, Mark Spitz won a record seven gold medals in the pools. Known for his dark mustache, Spitz set world records in all seven events that he won gold medals in.
Impact / The terrorist group Black September took hostage and killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team, forever marring the image of the 1972 Olympics. Spitz, a Jewish Olympian, had to be taken out of West Germany before the end of the Olympics.