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This Day In Sports History (August 3rd) – 1980 Summer Olympics
It was on this day in 1980 that the closing ceremonies were held for the 22nd Summer Olympic Games. The games were held in Moscow, U.S.S.R., marking the first time ever that the Olympics were held in Eastern Europe.
The 1980 Summer Olympic Games are most remembered for being boycotted by the United States and 64 other countries due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. However, some athletes from countries who boycotted the games still participated, but they did not officially represent their countries. Instead, they would represent the “Olympic Flag”. The Soviet Union easily won the most gold medals with 80 and also finished with 195 total medals, 69 more than runner-up East Germany.
The 2014 Winter Olympic games will be held in Sochi, Russia. Since it is very unlikely that any country will be boycotting these games, expect the host country to have a lot more competition than they had in 1980.
Here is a clip of the 1980 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies.
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