1980 Summer Olympics

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Games of the XXII Olympiad
Emblem of the 1980 Summer Olympics.svg
Host city Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nations80
Athletes5,179 (4,064 men, 1,115 women)
Events203 in 21 sports (27 disciplines)
Opening 19 July
Closing 3 August
Opened by
Cauldron
Stadium Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium
Summer
Montreal 1976 Los Angeles 1984
Winter
Lake Placid 1980 Sarajevo 1984

The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad (Russian :И́гры XXII Олимпиа́ды, tr. Igry XXII Olimpiady), was an international multi-sport event held in Moscow, Soviet Union, in present-day Russia. [2] [3]

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The 1980 Games were the first Olympic Games to be staged in Eastern Europe, and remain the only Summer Olympics held there, as well as the first Olympic Games to be held in a Slavic language-speaking country. They were also the only Summer Olympic Games to be held in a communist country until 2008 in China. These were the final Olympic Games under the IOC Presidency of Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin. [4]

Eighty nations were represented at the Moscow Games – the smallest number since 1956. Led by the United States, 66 countries boycotted the games entirely because of the Soviet–Afghan War. Some athletes from some of the boycotting countries (they are not included in the list of 66 countries that boycotted the games entirely) participated in the games under the Olympic Flag. [5] The Soviet Union would later boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics. The Soviet Union won the most gold and overall medals, with the USSR and East Germany winning 127 out of 203 available golds.

Host city selection

A Soviet stamp sheet showing the logo of the games (left) and its mascot Misha (right) holding the 1980 Olympic light. The map shows the torch relay route running from Olympia, Greece, the site of the ancient Olympic Games to Moscow, Russian SFSR. It also depicts the number of gold, silver and bronze medals (80, 69, 46) won by the Soviet athletes at the Games. Igry XXII Olimpiady v Moskve, Estafeta Olimpiiskogo Ognia.jpg
A Soviet stamp sheet showing the logo of the games (left) and its mascot Misha (right) holding the 1980 Olympic light. The map shows the torch relay route running from Olympia, Greece, the site of the ancient Olympic Games to Moscow, Russian SFSR. It also depicts the number of gold, silver and bronze medals (80, 69, 46) won by the Soviet athletes at the Games.

The only two cities to bid for the 1980 Summer Olympics were Moscow and Los Angeles. The choice between them was made on 23 October 1974 in the 75th IOC Session in Vienna, Austria. Los Angeles would eventually host the 1984 Summer Olympics. [6]

1980 Summer Olympics bidding result
CityCountryVotes
Moscow Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 39
Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg  United States 20
Abstentions2

Participation overview and boycott

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Participating nations
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Countries boycotting the 1980 Games are shaded blue
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Olympic Village in February 2004

Eighty nations were represented at the Moscow Games – the smallest number since 1956. Of the eighty participating nations, [7] seven nations made their first appearance at this Games – Angola, Botswana, Cyprus, Jordan, Laos, Mozambique and Seychelles. [8] None of these nations won a medal.

Although approximately half of the 24 countries that boycotted the 1976 Summer Olympics (in protest against the IOC not expelling New Zealand who sanctioned a rugby tour of apartheid South Africa) participated in the Moscow Games, the 1980 Summer Olympics were disrupted by another, even larger, boycott led by the United States in protest at the 1979 Soviet–Afghan War. The Soviet invasion spurred Jimmy Carter to issue an ultimatum on 20 January 1980, that the US would boycott the Moscow Olympics if Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan within one month. [9] 65 countries and regions invited did not take part in the 1980 Olympics. Many of these followed the United States' boycott initiative, while others[ who? ] cited economic reasons for not going. [9] [10] Iran, under Ayatollah Khomeini hostile to both superpowers, boycotted when the Islamic Conference condemned the invasion. [11]

Many of the boycotting nations participated instead in the Liberty Bell Classic, also known as the "Olympic Boycott Games", in Philadelphia. However, the nations that did compete had won 71 percent of all medals, and similarly 71 percent of the gold medals, at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. This was in part because of state-run doping programs that had been developed in the Eastern Bloc countries. [12] As a form of protest against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, fifteen countries marched in the Opening Ceremony with the Olympic Flag instead of their national flags, and the Olympic Flag and Olympic Hymn were used at medal ceremonies when athletes from these countries won medals. Competitors from three countries – New Zealand, [13] Portugal, and Spain – competed under the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees. Some of these teams that marched under flags other than their national flags were depleted by boycotts by individual athletes, while some athletes did not participate in the march.[ citation needed ]

The impact of the boycott was mixed. Some events, such as swimming, track and field, boxing, basketball, diving, field hockey and equestrian sports, were hard hit. Whilst competitors from 36 countries became Olympic medalists, the great majority of the medals were taken by the host country and East Germany in what was the most skewed medal tally since 1904. [14]

Events, records and drug tests overview

There were 203 events – more than at any previous Olympics.

36 World records, 39 European records and 74 Olympic records were set at the games. In total, this was more records than were set at Montreal. New Olympic records were set 241 times over the course of the competitions and world records were beaten 97 times.

A 1989 report by a committee of the Australian Senate claimed that "there is hardly a medal winner at the Moscow Games, certainly not a gold medal winner...who is not on one sort of drug or another: usually several kinds. The Moscow Games might well have been called the Chemists' Games". [15]

A member of the IOC Medical Commission, Manfred Donike, privately ran additional tests with a new technique for identifying abnormal levels of testosterone by measuring its ratio to epitestosterone in urine. Twenty percent of the specimens he tested, including those from sixteen gold medalists would have resulted in disciplinary proceedings had the tests been official. The results of Donike's unofficial tests later convinced the IOC to add his new technique to their testing protocols. [16] The first documented case of "blood doping" occurred at the 1980 Summer Olympics as a runner was transfused with two pints of blood before winning medals in the 5000 m and 10,000 m. [17]

Media and broadcasting

Major broadcasters of the Games were USSR State TV and Radio (1,370 accreditation cards), Eurovision (31 countries, 818 cards) and Intervision (11 countries, 342 cards). [18] TV Asahi with 68 cards provided coverage for Japan, while OTI representing Latin America received 59 cards and the Seven Network provided coverage for Australia (48 cards). [18] NBC, which had intended to be another major broadcaster, canceled its coverage in response to the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics, and became a minor broadcaster with 56 accreditation cards, [18] although the network did air highlights and recaps of the games on a regular basis. (ABC aired scenes of the opening ceremony during its Nightline program, and promised highlights each night, but the next night, the show announced that they could not air any highlights as NBC still had exclusive broadcast rights in the USA). The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation almost canceled their plans for coverage after Canada took part in the boycott and was represented by nine cards. [18] The television center used 20 television channels, compared to 16 for the Montreal Games, 12 for the Munich Games, and seven for the Mexico City Games. This was also the first time North Korea was watching, as KCTV (Korea Central Television) broadcast it as their first satellite program.

During the opening ceremony, Salyut 6 crew Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin sent their greetings to the Olympians and wished them happy starts in the live communication between the station and the Central Lenin Stadium. They appeared on the stadium's scoreboard and their voices were translated via loud speakers. [19]

Spectators and commemoration

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150-rubles platinum coin (reverse)

The Games attracted five million spectators, an increase of 1.5 million from the Montreal Games. There were 1,245 referees from 78 countries.[ citation needed ] A series of commemorative coins was released in the USSR in 1977–1980 to commemorate the event. It consisted of five platinum coins, six gold coins, 28 silver coins and six copper-nickel coins.[ citation needed ]

Budget

According to the Official Report, submitted to the IOC by the NOC of the USSR, total expenditures for the preparations for and staging of the Games were US$1,350,000,000, [20] total revenues being US$231,000,000. [20]

Cost

The Oxford Olympics Study established the outturn cost of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics at US$6.3 billion in 2015 dollars. [21] This includes sports-related costs only, that is, (i) operational costs incurred by the organizing committee for the purpose of staging the Games, e.g., expenditures for technology, transportation, workforce, administration, security, catering, ceremonies, and medical services, and (ii) direct capital costs incurred by the host city and country or private investors to build, e.g., the competition venues, the Olympic village, international broadcast center, and media and press center, which are required to host the Games. Indirect capital costs are not included, such as for road, rail, or airport infrastructure, or for hotel upgrades or other business investment incurred in preparation for the Games but not directly related to staging the Games. The cost for Moscow 1980 compares with costs of US$4.6 billion for Rio 2016 (projected), US$40–44 billion for Beijing 2008 and US$51 billion for Sochi 2014, the most expensive Olympics in history. Average cost for the Summer Games since 1960 is US$5.2 billion.

Opening ceremony

Highlights of the different events

Archery

Athletics

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Marathon in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral

Basketball

Boxing

Canoeing

All events in canoeing and rowing took place at the Moscow Canoeing and Rowing Basin in Krylatskoye Krylaskoe.JPG
All events in canoeing and rowing took place at the Moscow Canoeing and Rowing Basin in Krylatskoye

Cycling

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Olympic Velodrome in Krylatskoye

Diving

Equestrian

Fencing

Football

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Pins released by the USSR for the football event of the Olympics (with a British 50 pence coin for size comparison)

Gymnastics

Handball

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Soviet Union handball men's team celebrating their victory over Yugoslavia. RIAN photo.

Field hockey

Judo

Modern Pentathlon

Rowing

Sailing

Shooting

Swimming

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Rica Reinisch with her gold medal in 200 m swimming.

Volleyball

Water polo

Weightlifting

Wrestling

Closing ceremony

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Misha, the mascot, formed in a mosaic at the moment when a tear runs down his face during the iconic scene part of the closing ceremony.
One of the most memorable moments of the closing ceremony: Misha carried by balloons into the sky, commemorated by a 2000 postage stamp issued by Russia Russia stamp 2000 No.  572.jpg
One of the most memorable moments of the closing ceremony: Misha carried by balloons into the sky, commemorated by a 2000 postage stamp issued by Russia

Because of the U.S. boycott, changes were made to the traditional elements of the closing ceremony that represent the handover to the host city of the next Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Among them, the flag of the city of Los Angeles instead of the United States flag was raised, and the Olympic Anthem instead of the national anthem of the United States was played. There was also no "Antwerp Ceremony", where the ceremonial Olympic flag was transferred from the Mayor of Moscow to the Mayor of Los Angeles; instead the flag was kept by the Moscow city authorities until 1984. Furthermore, there was no next host city presentation.

Both the opening and closing ceremonies were shown in Yuri Ozerov's 1981 film Oh, Sport – You Are the World! (Russian : О спорт, ты – мир!).

Venues

¹ New facilities constructed in preparation for the Olympic Games. ² Existing facilities modified or refurbished in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Medals awarded

The 1980 Summer Olympic programme featured 203 events in the following 21 sports:

Calendar

All times are in Moscow Time (UTC+3)
  Opening ceremony  Event competitions  Event finals  Closing ceremony
DateJulyAugust
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Basketball
Boxing

Canoeing

Cycling
Diving
Equestrian
Fencing
Field hockey
Football (soccer)
Gymnastics

Handball
Judo
Modern pentathlon
Rowing

Sailing
Shooting
Swimming





Volleyball
Water polo
Weightlifting
Wrestling





Total gold medals571012191522221016141119201
Ceremonies
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Medal count

This is a list of all nations that won medals at the 1980 Games.

A "bronze" medal - actually tombac - from the 1980 Summer Olympics 1980 Summer Olympics bronze medal.JPG
A "bronze" medal – actually tombac – from the 1980 Summer Olympics

  *   Host nation (Soviet Union)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the Soviet Union (1955-1980).svg  Soviet Union  (URS)*806946195
2Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)473742126
3Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)8161741
4Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB)87520
5Olympic flag.svg  Italy  (ITA)83415
6Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)7101532
7Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania  (ROU)661325
8Olympic flag.svg  France  (FRA)65314
9Olympic flag.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)57921
10Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)3141532
11Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)33612
12Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)3148
13Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)23914
14Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg  Yugoslavia  (YUG)2349
15Olympic flag.svg  Australia  (AUS)2259
16Olympic flag.svg  Denmark  (DEN)2125
17Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil  (BRA)2024
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg  Ethiopia  (ETH)2024
19Olympic flag.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)2002
20Olympic flag.svg  Spain  (ESP)1326
21Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)1214
22Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)1023
23Olympic flag.svg  Belgium  (BEL)1001
Flag of India.svg  India  (IND)1001
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe  (ZIM)1001
26Flag of North Korea (1948-1992).svg  North Korea  (PRK)0325
27Flag of the People's Republic of Mongolia (1940-1992).svg  Mongolia  (MGL)0224
28Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania  (TAN)0202
29Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)0134
30Olympic flag.svg  Netherlands  (NED)0123
31Olympic flag.svg  Ireland  (IRL)0112
32Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda  (UGA)0101
Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).png  Venezuela  (VEN)0101
34Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)0033
35Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana  (GUY)0011
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon  (LIB)0011
Totals (36 nations)204204223631

List of participating countries and regions

In the following list, the number in parentheses indicates the number of athletes from each nation that competed in Moscow. Nations in italics competed under the Olympic flag (or, in the cases of New Zealand, Portugal and Spain, under the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees):

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Number of athletes sent per nation
Participating National Olympic Committees

^  Note:  Liberia with seven athletes, withdrew after marching in the Opening Ceremony and took part in the boycott.

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  1. IOC records state Brezhnev opened the Moscow Games as "President", a title used at that time by the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, or de jure head of state. (The office of President of the Soviet Union was not created until 1990, a year before the nation broke up.) Though Brezhnev was also de facto ruler as General Secretary of the Communist Party, that title is not reflected in IOC records.

Further reading

Boycott

Preceded by
Montreal
Summer Olympic Games
Host City

XXII Olympiad (1980)
Succeeded by
Los Angeles