Olympics: Wrestling family uneasily recalls 1972 Munich tragedy, embraces 2012 success

At 5 years old, Sam Hazewinkel ran around his home in Rosemount wearing his father’s Olympic ring and Team USA jacket pretending he was an Olympian.

He wanted to be just like his father, Dave, and uncle Jim, twins from Coon Rapids who represented the United States as Greco-Roman wrestlers at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and then at the tragedy-marred 1972 Olympics in Munich. He heard many stories about those Games — but not until he was older did Sam learn about the darkest moment in Olympic history, known as the “Munich Massacre.” Continue reading at twincities.com

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