Blood in the Water, 1956
The Guardian is running a series on "50 stunning Olympic moments". Number 7 is about the water polo game between Hungary and the USSR in December, 1956, a month after the Soviets crushed the revolution: "These are the facts: on 6 December 1956 Hungary and the Soviet Union contested a water polo semi-final that has earned a place in infamy, an occasion that seethed with threatened or actual violence from the first minute and ended in chaos after Hungary's young attacking prodigy Ervin Zador was taken, bleeding, out of the pool and straight to the medical room." The whole thing is worth reading. The Hungarians won 4-0 and a few days later won the gold medal game against Yugoslavia. Half the team never went home, Zador ended up in California where he became a swimming coach. He still lives.
9:38 AM / December 29, 2011
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