The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 10, 1972

Athletes from 48 NOCs won medals, leaving 73 NOCs unrepresented on the medal table. The Soviet Union edged the United States in total (99 to 94) and gold medals (50 to 33). Another notable rivalry took place between East and West Germany. Led by gymnast Karin Janz, who won two golds, two silvers and one bronze, East Germany (66 total and 20 gold medals) beat West Germany (13 gold and 40 total medals) to third place in the total medal count.

SovietEraMuseum present a few photos about Soviet olympic triumph:

  • Aleksandr Shaparenko — men’s K1 1000m kayak singles
  • Yuliya Ryabchynskaya — women’s K1 500m kayak singles
  • Nikolay Gorbachov and Viktor Kratasyuk — men’s K2 1000m kayak pairs
  • Yekaterina Kuryshko and Lyudmila Pinayeva-Khvedosyuk — women’s K2 500m kayak pairs
  • Yury Stetsenko, Valery Didenko, Yury Filatov and Vladimir Morozov — men’s K4 1000m kayak fours

Men’s basketball  Soviet Union

Anatoli Polivoda
Modestas Paulauskas
Zurab Sakandelidze
Alzhan Zharmukhamedov
Aleksandr Boloshev
Ivan Edeshko
Sergei Belov
Mikhail Korkiya
Ivan Dvorny
Gennadi Volnov
Aleksandr Belov
Sergei Kovalenko

Valery Yardy, Gennady Komnatov, Valery Likhachov and Boris Shukov — men’s team road race

Shota Chochishvili — judo, men’s half-heavyweight (93 kg)


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