Mark Slavin

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Mark Slavin (January 31, 1954 – September 6, 1972) was an Israeli Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and victim of the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

He was the youngest of the victims at the age of eighteen. He was taken hostage with eight other Israeli athletes. Slavin was shot by machine gun fire in a helicopter during a botched rescue attempt.

Slavin was born in Minsk, Belarusian SSR, USSR, and had taken up wrestling as a youth to defend himself against anti-Semitic attacks.[1]Slavin soon became noted as a talented wrestler, and won the Soviet Greco-Roman wrestling middleweight junior championship in 1971.[2] Slavin had moved to Israel just four months before the Olympic games.[2] and he joined Hapoel Tel Aviv and the Israeli Olympic Team. The 1972 Olympics was due to be his first international competition for Israel, and Slavin had been considered Israel's most likely medal winner at the Munich games.[1] He was the youngest Israeli Olympian competing at the games.[3]

Slavin had been staying in Unit 3 at 31 Connollystrasse in the Olympic Village, with fellow wrestlers Gad Tsobari and Eliezer Halfin, and weightlifters David Berger, Yossef Romano and Zeev Friedman.[1] Slavin had been due to make his Olympic debut on the day of his capture.[1]

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