US Olympic Basketball Team Loses to Soviets III

Lead: In September 1972 the United States lost the basketball final to the Soviets in one of the most disputed games in the modern Olympiad.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: In the closing minutes of the game the United States was ahead because of a shot made by Doug Collins who then tackled probably on purpose by a Soviet player. During the free throws, apparently, the Soviet coach had tried to call a time-out, but that was against the rules. Despite this, the refs, in of the sport’s most controversial calls, gave the Soviets the time out and a second chance. They were unable to score even with the added time. The American contingent was apoplectic with joyful celebration.

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US Olympic Basketball Team Loses to Soviets II

Lead: In the final game of the 1972 Summer Olympic basketball competition, the Soviet Union’s team won but under circumstances that remain questionable to many even to this day.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Politics are never very far from the Olympics. Nations use the games and their athletes to prove the superior worth of their political and social systems. During periods of high tension like the cold war, antagonists such as the United States and the Soviets, opponents in other arenas, economic, political and military, sought to use the Olympics as an extension of warfare to the track, the swimming pool, the parallel bars and, in 1972, to the basketball court.

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US Olympic Basketball Team Loses to Soviets I

Lead: In a heart-breaking and controversial final result, the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball team lost to the Soviet Union. The game remains a subject of bitter dispute to this day.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich were supposed to be the happy games. They were designed by West Germany to erase the memory of the 1936 Hitler games with all their overt Nazi propaganda and the terrible aftermath of war and Holocaust. Such was not to be. On September 5th, eight terrorists from Black September, a Palestinian organization linked to Fatah, broke into the Olympic village and took nine Israeli Olympians hostage in their apartments. Eighteen hours later the crisis came to a climax and eventually ended in a failed rescue attempt at a nearby military airfield. The tragic deaths of all the Israelis cast a pall over the summer games which, despite the hostage incident, Olympic officials declared must continue.

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