Boston Marathon bombings: Frank Shorter witnesses terrorism again
Frank Shorter, a pioneer in U.S. marathon running, was walking into a store near the Boston Marathon course when the first of two bombs exploded Monday.
Shorter, who grew up in Middletown and won Olympic gold in 1972, was working that day as a commentator for NBC News. He emerged from the store and soon after headed to the race's medical tent.
"I walked by people being triaged and being loaded into ambulances," Shorter, 65, who lives in Boulder, Colo., told The Boulder DailyCamera. “There were people who were very upset and other people who were comforting them. It was almost like this me-first attitude was being suspended.”
Shockingly enough, it was not the first time Shorter witnessed an act of terrorism firsthand. At the Munich Olympics in 1972, he watched from his window at the athletes’ village as terrorists abducted 11 Israeli team members. The athletes, coaches and five of the eight Black September terrorists were later killed during a botched rescue mission at the airport.