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Jim McKay is one of the most famous sportscasters in the history of television. He hosted ABC's Wide World of Sports and was a frequent Olympic commentator.
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Wide World of Sports created by ABC Sports president Roone Arledge. He served as the program’s anchor, which was a type of sports variety show, covering nearly every sport imaginable, from jai alai to weight lifting to skiing. Each weekend, viewers tune in to see, as McKay said in the show’s opening, “the thrill of victory” and “the agony of defeat.”
Wide World of Sports, McKay also served as an Olympic commentator. He proved himself to be an outstanding journalist and broadcaster during the tragic 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. After days of covering the games, McKay was called upon to report on one of the saddest events in Olympic history. At the Olympic Village, where the athletes were staying during the games, a group of Israeli athletes had been taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists who had already killed two athletes in their initial siege. McKay delivered news on the event for more than 16 hours as the tragedy unfolded. After negotiations failed, all of the hostages, five of the terrorists, and a West German police officer were killed during an unsuccessful rescue effort. McKay won two Emmy Awards for his work at the games, one for sports coverage and the other for his news reporting.
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