Turning Heartbreak Into Victory

Thu May 24
The Commonwealth Club
06:00 PM
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Eddie Hart, Olympic Champion; Teacher; Co-author, Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics
Dave Newhouse, Sportswriter and Columnist, Oakland Tribune; Radio Talk Show Host, KNBR; Co-author, Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics  
What really happened at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games, in which the assassination of 11 Israeli athletes overshadowed much of the athletic competitions? Learn new facts about the many surprising and tragic events of that summer through the a discussion of the remarkable life of Eddie Hart, world record holder in the 100-meter dash, who was favored to win a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, but was disqualified when his sprint coach was given the wrong time for a qualifying heat. Ten years of training and sacrifice, gone in a heartbeat. Hart recovered to win a gold medal in the sprint relay. He returned to Munich 42 years later and through interviews with the people who played a large role in the events of that summer, he now sheds light on the games and their impact worldwide.
Hart grew up in Pittsburg, CA, before becoming an NCAA and Olympic Trials 100-meter champion while attending the University of California. After graduating from Berkeley, he earned a master’s degree at Cal State Hayward. Then, while teaching and coaching at the collegiate level, Hart created a personal foundation that continues to raise money for charitable causes. Menlo Park native Newhouse served in the Air Force before earning a journalism degree at San Jose State. An award-winning sportswriter and columnist serving mainly at the Oakland Tribune over a half-century career, he also was a radio sports talk show host at KNBR. Disqualified is Newhouse’s 12th book, with two more to be published later this year.
Location: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing MLF: International Relations Program Organizer: Linda J. Calhoun
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