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Aly Raisman Honors Munich 11 With Olympic Win (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 8/8/2012 at 12:56 PM

Categories: United States, History, Sports

Jewish-Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman took home her second gold medal yesterday, paying homage to the Munich 11 in the process.

Raisman became the first US woman to win top honors in the Olympic floor event, marking her second gold and third medal overall at this summer’s London games.

Exiting the floor, media asked Raisman about her song choice for the competition—she performed to the tune of “Hava Nagila”—and whether it was selected in line with this year’s 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre.

"Having that floor music wasn't intentional, but the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special and winning the gold today means a lot to me," she said.

Rasiman, 18, then went on to talk about the rejected minute of silence campaign, a requested memorial for the Munich 11 that the International Olympic Committee refused.

"If there had been a moment's silence,” she said, “I would have supported it and respected it."

Raisman earned a score of 15.600 in yesterday’s event at the North Greenwich Arena in London. She also won bronze on the balance beam, following an appeal.

Guri Weinberg, son of Munich 11 victim Moshe Weinberg, has already offered his thanks to the athlete. In a video message with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, below, Weinberg praised Raisman's bravery in calling attention to the issue.

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Comments

Brad Kurtzberg
Brad Kurtzberg 8/8/2012 at 4:14pm
Way to Go Aly! She's not just a great athlete, she gets it. So proud of her.