Saturday June 7, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sportscaster Jim McKay, who relayed to Americans
the tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died at the age of 86.
The host of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" for more than 40
years, McKay was in Munich covering the Summer Games when
terrorists took 11 Israeli athletes hostage. It fell to McKay to
tell Americans "they're all gone," when a commando raid to rescue
the athletes ended in tragedy.
He was the first sportscaster to win an Emmy Award -- in fact he
won 12, the last in 1988. Fellow sportscaster Al Michaels described McKay as the "personification of class and style." And U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth said McKay set a standard
for sports journalism. McKay died today of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Maryland.
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