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United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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]

United States at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Flag of the United States.svg
IOC code USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
in Munich
Competitors 400 (316 men and 84 women) in 21 sports
Flag bearer Olga Connolly
Medals
Ranked 2nd
Gold
33
Silver
31
Bronze
30
Total
94
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

Contents

MedalistsEdit

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

GoldEdit

 

SilverEdit

 

BronzeEdit

 

ArcheryEdit

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:

AthleticsEdit

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

  • 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 4 × 100 m 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)

BasketballEdit

BoxingEdit

Men's Light Flyweight (– 48 kg)

Men's Light Middleweight (– 71 kg)

Men's Heavyweight (+ 81 kg)

CanoeingEdit

CyclingEdit

DivingEdit

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)

EquestrianEdit

FencingEdit

FootballEdit

  • 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

GymnasticsEdit

HandballEdit

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:

JudoEdit

Men's Lightweight

Men's Half-Middleweight

Men's Middleweight

Men's Half-Heavyweight

Men's Heavyweight

Men's Open Class

Modern pentathlonEdit

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)

RowingEdit

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)

SailingEdit

ShootingEdit

SwimmingEdit

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 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay

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

Men's 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay

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

Men's 4 × 100 m Medley Relay

  • Final (→   Gold Medal)

Water poloEdit

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

WeightliftingEdit

WrestlingEdit

Water Skiing (demonstration sport)Edit

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

ReferencesEdit

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