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Survivor ralph lauren donna of 1972 olympic massacre A thin wall separated victim from survivor when palestinian terrorists stormed the olympic village in munich on sept.5, 1972.The terrorists took their first hostages a group of israeli coaches and officials in apartment 1 then moved on to apartment 3, which housed israeli weightlifters and wrestlers.Those in apartment 2 were spared. By todd plitt, usa today Avraham melamed was with members of the israeli olympic delegation when it was attacked by terrorists during the 1972 munich games.’I’m not a victim.’I’m not a victim.I’m a survivor, ‘ he says. Forty years after 11 israeli olympians were killed in munich, a thin wall still separates the beauty of the games from the horror of that day, especially for avraham melamed, who was sleeping that night in apartment 2. “The olympics were a virgin phenomenon,”Says melamed, a two time ralph lauren donna polo a righe olympic swimmer for israel. “It’s not a virgin anymore.Now you have to think about security.Now you have to think about terrorism.Now you have to plan for it.It comes at an enormous price.And this beautiful thing that’s supposed to symbolize forgetting about politics, forgetting about war, for this period of time now it’s contaminated.Now it’s contaminated forever. ” Video:Survivors remember 1972 munich massacrestill, this summer he will watch, intently as always, when the olympics are held in london from july 27 to aug.12. “I sit mesmerized by the television,”Says melamed, 67. What he will see is an olympics much changed since the munich massacre.The attack was a pivotal event in the evolution of global terrorism and the reason security for the olympics has increased dramatically.The munich games employed 2, 140 police and other law enforcement officers, according to the official report, olympic historian david wallechinsky said.The london games will have a security force of 23, 700, according to the british government’s most recent report.With a security budget of at least $1.6 billion, the London Games are the largest peacetime security operation in Britain’s history. For london, there is plenty of reason for added vigilance.A day after the city was awarded the games in 2005, suicide bombers attacked the city’s transit system, killing 52 people.Ally in iraq and afghanistan, britain is also increasingly concerned about the threat from islamic militants. ‘A little bit guilty’ Early on saturday mornings, you can find avraham melamed, who is known as bey, gliding across a modest pool at a health club about an hour north of new york city.Directly after the munich games, he flew to the usa to finish college and has lived here ever since. “I’m about 5 7, bald, aging and,”He says by way of description,”Better than your average recreational swimmer. ” After his workout, the swimmers on the premier athletic club masters team he coaches arrive for practice.Still wet, melamed walks around the pool in bare feet, black swimming trunks and white t shirt, coaxing and encouraging.Erika krumlauf, 42, says she had no idea who melamed was when she joined the team.After a quick google search, she learned that he swam for israel in the 1964 and 1968 olympics.She later read that her coach survived the 1972 munich massacre. In february, melamed told his swimmers he would miss practice because of a scheduled trip to munich. “I asked him if it was for vacation,”Says tom seery, 51. “He said, ‘not really.'” He didn’t mention that he was returning to munich for the first time in 40 years to be interviewed for the documentary the eleventh day the survivors of munich 1972.The film, produced by the german biography channel in collaboration with the israeli history channel, will premiere on german television july 7, just ahead of the london games. Melamed still has mixed feelings about the attention. “I feel a little strange about sort of deriving notoriety from this incident.I feel a little bit guilty. “My friends died,”He says, rubbing his hand across his smooth head. “My friends died.I’m not a victim.I’m a survivor. ” Melamed began swimming at a young age in israel.He competed in the 1964 toyko games, failing to advance beyond the heats in the 200 meter butterfly.In the 1968 games in mexico city, he tied for 10th place in the 100 butterfly and 15th place in the 200.He encouraged three other israel teammates to join him, and the hilltoppers soon became an naia power.They were profiled in a lengthy feature in sports illustrated in 1972 titled,”Wandering jews in an unpromising land. “The piece took great delight in the incongruity.One passage, quoting melamed, read: “‘Coach described it as a small town.Given he was one of the country’s top swimmers, there was an uproar.The controversy was chronicled in an israeli newspaper, which sent melamed to munich as a reporter.However, he didn’t have a news media credential and thus was not granted official access to olympic facilities.But because he had begun serving as a personal coach for one of the team’s female swimmers, he was invited by israeli officials to stay with the team’s delegation in the village which, in a tragic irony, he was able to do quite easily without a credential. In 1972, germany’s goal was to distance itself from its last olympics, the 1936 nazi games in berlin.Security personnel wore turquoise uniforms and patrolled the games unarmed during the day. (In london, as in recent olympics, there will be strict security measures at the village.Credentials will be checked repeatedly and belongings will be x rayed on entry. ) Melamed recalls sneaking into the munich olympic village as a matter of routine. “I didn’t even have a key to the apartment,”He says. “They say there was no security.The truth is that the people there did not have guns, but it was much better protected than tokyo, where you could get everywhere, and in mexico city, where you just had to pay a couple of pesos. ” The terrorists sneaked into the village with the ease of a kid who missed curfew.Wearing track suits and carrying duffel bags, they arrived in the middle of the night as some american athletes were returning from a night on the town.The two groups scaled the 6 foot fence together. Before ralph lauren italia outlet dawn, melamed says he was awakened by a muffled shot and screams. “It sounded like someone in a room behind you kept their television loud and that there was a western movie,”He says.

 
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