FRONTLINE ACCESS: Karen James and her 1972 Munich Olympic Experience

FRONTLINE ACCESS: Karen James and her 1972 Munich Olympic Experience

Recorded LIVE on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM

As a former world class athlete, Karen James will join FrontLine Access with Maccabi Canada to share her story of Jewish identity, community building and women’s leadership. Karen began her athletic journey as a swimmer in the Maccabiah Games and went on to qualify for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Her personal experiences of the hostage taking and the surrounding terrifying events had a deep impact on her life, to the point that it took nearly three decades for Karen to share her story publicly. Since opening up about the tragedy that became known as the Munich Massacre, Karen reconnected with her Judaism and became a pillar in Vancouver’s Jewish community. In recognition of her place in Canadian Olympic history, Karen was one of the final torchbearers in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games torch relay.

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As a former world class athlete, Karen James will join FrontLine Access with Maccabi Canada to share her story of Jewish identity, community building and women’s leadership. Karen began her athletic journey as a swimmer in the Maccabiah Games and went on to qualify for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Her personal experiences of the hostage taking and the surrounding terrifying events had a deep impact on her life, to the point that it took nearly three decades for Karen to share her story publicly. Since opening up about the tragedy that became known as the Munich Massacre, Karen reconnected with her Judaism and became a pillar in Vancouver’s Jewish community. In recognition of her place in Canadian Olympic history, Karen was one of the final torchbearers in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games torch relay.


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