Alexandra Raisman said winning a gold medal on the 40th
anniversary of the Munich massacre made her achievement "special"
after she triumphed in the Olympic women's gymnastics floor final
Raisman, who is Jewish, performed her floor routine to the
backing of Hebrew folk song 'Hava Nagila' and earned a score of
15.600 points to claim her third medal of the London Games at
North Greenwich Arena.
The 18-year-old American said that she had not selected the music
specifically to coincide with the anniversary, but added that she
was proud to have marked the occasion.
"Having that floor music wasn't intentional, but the fact it was
on the 40th anniversary is special and winning the gold today
means a lot to me," she said.
"If there had been a moment's silence, I would have supported it
and respected it."
The International Olympic Committee rejected calls for a minute's
silence during the London opening ceremony to remember the 11
Israeli athletes and coaches killed in a hostage-taking by
Palestinian militants during the 1972 Games in Munich.