US gymnast: 'Special' to win on Munich anniversary

US-Jewish Olympian Aly Raisman says she'd have supported, respected moment of silence massacre victims.

By JTA
August 8, 2012 23:06
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US Gymnast Raisman wins gold medal

US Gymanst Aly Raisman. (photo credit: reuters)

Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman expressed her support for a moment of silence at the Olympics for the Israelis killed at the 1972 Munich Games.

Raisman was speaking to reporters Tuesday following her gold medal performance in the floor exercise.

“Having that floor music wasn’t intentional,” she said of her floor routine to the music of "Hava Nagila," the New York Post reported Wednesday. “But the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special, and winning the gold today means a lot to me. If there had been a moment’s silence, I would have supported it and respected it.”

A memorial ceremony for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered in Munich was


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