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United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics

United States at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United States
IOC code  USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
Website www.teamusa.org
At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich
Competitors 400 (316 men and 84 women) in 21 sports
Flag bearer Olga Connolly
Medals
Rank: 2
Gold
33
Silver
31
Bronze
30
Total
94
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

The United States competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. 400 competitors, 316 men and 84 women, took part in 185 events in 21 sports.[1]

Contents

  • Medalists 1
    • Gold 1.1
    • Silver 1.2
    • Bronze 1.3
  • Archery 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Basketball 4
  • Boxing 5
  • Canoeing 6
  • Cycling 7
  • Diving 8
  • Equestrianism 9
  • Fencing 10
  • Football 11
  • Gymnastics 12
  • Handball 13
  • Judo 14
  • Modern pentathlon 15
  • Rowing 16
  • Sailing 17
  • Shooting 18
  • Swimming 19
  • Water polo 20
  • Weightlifting 21
  • Wrestling 22
  • Water Skiing (demonstration sport) 23
  • References 24

Medalists

The United States finished in second position in the final medal rankings, with 33 gold and 94 total medals.

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Archery

In the first modern archery competition at the Olympics, the United States entered three men and three women. They took home both of the gold medals as well as a pair of 5th-place finishes.

Men's Individual Competition:

Women's Individual Competition:

Athletics

Men's 100 metres

Men's 200 metres

Men's 400 metres

Men's 800 metres

  • Heat — 1:47.6
  • Semifinals — 1:48.7
  • Final — 1:45.9 (→ Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 1:51.1
  • Semifinals — DNF (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 1:49.4 (→ did not advance)

Men's 1,500 metres

  • Heat — 3:51.5 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 3:40.7
  • Semifinals — 3:41.6 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 3:41.3
  • Semifinals — 3:40.4 (→ did not advance)

Men's 5,000 metres

  • George Young
  • Heat — 13:41.2 (→ did not advance)
  • Heat — 13:32.6
  • Finals — 13:28.25(→4th)
  • Heat — 14:07.2 (→ did not advance)

Men's 10,000 metres

  • Heat — 28:34.2 (→ did not advance)

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Men's 4x100m Relay

  • Heat — 38.96
  • Semifinals — 38.54
  • Final — 38.19 (→ Gold Medal)

Men's High Jump

  • Qualifying Round — 2.15 m
  • Final — 2.21 m (→ Bronze Medal)
  • Qualification Round — 2.12 m (→ did not advance)
  • Qualification Round — 2.12 m (→ did not advance)

Men's Pole Vault

Women's Javelin Throw

  • Qualification Round — 51.38 m (→ did not advance, 15th place)

Basketball

Boxing

Men's Light Flyweight (– 48 kg)

  • First Round — Defeated Arif Dorgu (TUR), 4:1
  • Second Round — Lost to Enrique Rodríguez (ESP), 0:5

Men's Light Middleweight (– 71 kg)

Men's Heavyweight (+ 81 kg)

Canoeing

Cycling

Fifteen cyclists represented the United States in 1972.

Individual road race
Team time trial
Sprint
1000m time trial
  • Final — 1:08.56 (→ 12th place)
Tandem
Individual pursuit
Team pursuit

Diving

Men's 3 m Springboard

Men's 10 m Platform

Women's 3 m Springboard

Women's 10 m Platform

  • Janet Ely - 352.68 points (→ 4th place)
  • Maxine Joyce King - 346.38 points (→ 5th place)
  • Cynthia Potter - 173.82 points (→ 21st place)

Equestrianism

Fencing

19 fencers, 14 men and 5 women, represented the United States in 1972.

Men's foil
Men's team foil
Men's épée
Men's team épée
Men's sabre
Men's team sabre
Women's foil
Women's team foil

Football

  • First Round (Group A)
  • Morocco 0-0 United States
  • Malaysia 3-0 United States
  • West Germany 7-0 United States → did not advance, 14th place over-all
  • Team Roster

Gymnastics

Handball

The United States, which had lost all three of its games in the first Olympic handball tournament, fared no better in the first round of the second tournament. The Americans lost to Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Japan to finish last place in the division, sending them to the thirteenth- to sixteenth-place consolation round. There, they finally got their first handball win over Spain before being defeated by Denmark.

Men's Team Competition:

Judo

Men's Lightweight

Men's Half-Middleweight

Men's Middleweight

Men's Half-Heavyweight

Men's Heavyweight

Men's Open Class

Modern pentathlon

Three male pentathletes represented the United States in 1972.

Men's Individual Competition:

Men's Team Competition:

  • Richards, Fitzgerald, and Taylor — 14802 points (→ 4th place)

Rowing

Men's Single Sculls

  • Heat — 7:57.58
  • Repechage — 7:59.13
  • Semi Finals — 8:21.54
  • Final — 7:24.81 (→ 5th place)

Men's Coxed Pairs

  • Heat — 7:50.00
  • Semi Finals — 8:25.40
  • B-Final — 8:04.80 (→ 11th place)

Sailing

Shooting

Swimming

Men's 100m Freestyle

  • Heat — 52.46s
  • Semifinals — 52.43s
  • Final — 51.22s (→ Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 52.38s
  • Semifinals — 52.31s
  • Final — 51.65s (→ Silver Medal)
  • Heat — 53.07s
  • Semifinals — 53.17s
  • Final — 52.08s (→ 4th place)

Men's 200m Freestyle

  • Heat — 1:55.29
  • Final — 1:52.78 (→ Gold Medal)
  • Heat — 1:55.42
  • Final — 1:53.73 (→ Silver Medal)
  • Heat — 1:56.04
  • Final — 1:54.96 (→ 5th place)

Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 3:28.84
  • Final — 3:26.42 (→ Gold Medal)

Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay

  • Heat — 8:03.98
  • Final — 7:35.78 (→ Gold Medal)

Men's 4x100m Medley Relay

  • Final (→ Gold Medal)

Water polo

Men's Team Competition
  • Preliminary Round (Group A)
  • Defeated Romania (4-3)
  • Defeated Cuba (7-6)
  • Defeated Canada (8-1)
  • Defeated Mexico (7-5)
  • Defeated Yugoslavia (5-3)
  • Final Round (Group I)
  • Drew with West Germany (4-4)
  • Lost to Hungary (3-5)
  • Drew with Soviet Union (6-6)
  • Defeated Italy (6-5) → Bronze Medal
  • Team Roster

Weightlifting

Wrestling

Water Skiing (demonstration sport)

Men's slalom:

Men's Figure skiing:

  • Ricky McCormick - 5340 points, gold medal
  • Wayne Grimditch - 4510 points, silver medal

Men's Jump:

  • Ricky McCormick - 43.75 points, gold medal
  • Wayne Grimditch - 30.15 points, 14th place

Women's Slalom:

Women's Figure skiing:

  • Liz Allen-Shetter - 1550 points, 5th place

Women's Jump:

  • Liz Allen-Shetter - 25.70 points, bronze medal

References

  1. ^ "United States at the 1972 Munich Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
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