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Olympic gymnast backs Munich memorial silence

    Alexandra Raisman
    Alexandra Raisman

    A Jewish gymnast who is set to compete in the London Olympics has called for the IOC to commemorate the victims of the Munich massacre with a minute's silence.

    More than 92,000 people have backed Ankie Spitzer – the widow of one of the Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympics – in her bid to convince the Olympic organiser to honour the victims in this way.

    Alexandra Raisman, 18, who is on the American Olympic team, told the New York-based Algemeiner website that she thought a silence "would be a really great thing that I'd want to take part in".

    "Obviously what happened is really devastating and will hopefully never happen again," said the teenage gymnast from Massachusets, who won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships.

    "The ceremony would be very nice to commemorate what happened, and I think they should do it definitely, for the families of the people."

    Ms Raisman, who said it was "an honour" to compete as a Jewish athlete in the London games, made waves last summer by performing her routine to the tune of Hava Nagila.

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