Tag: Olympics

The 1980 Summer Poitical Games

Fear summarizes a general mindset of foreign policy for countries during the Cold War. No country openly stated its fear of opposing countries, but it was a major motivation behind their actions. One of the biggest fears of this time was Soviet expansion, at least from the United States perspective. President Carter speaks about this…

Transforming the City for The Summer Olympics

“The Summer Olympic Games of 1980, awarded to Moscow in 1974 by the International Olympic Committee, represented an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the superiority of Soviet athletes as well as the achievements of Soviet socialism before a world-wide audience (Lewis Siegelbaum)”  In preparation of this big sports event, new construction work was done through out […]

The Olympic Boycott and the Boycott of the Boycott

Despite the stigma that the 1970s was an era of stagnation in the Soviet Union, in 1974 the International Olympic Committee unanimously voted to appoint Moscow as the host city for the 1980 Olympic Games (Olympic Boycott).   Beyond athletics, hosting the Olympics was a huge opportunity for the Soviet Union to showcase its prominence and … Continue reading “The Olympic Boycott and the Boycott of the Boycott”

Boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games

In 1974 the International Olympic Committee awarded the Soviet Union with the great opportunity to host the Summer Olympic Games of 1980 to Moscow. Unfortunately for Moscow the Olympic Games in 1980 would go down in history because of the politics that would arise before any of the games had even been started. The United States would end up leading a boycott of these Olympic …

80 Out Of 147 Isn’t Bad

When the USSR had learned that it would be hosting the summer Olympics in 1980 the excitement was palpable.  Reconstruction of older facilities was taking place, trash was being clean up off of the streets, new and beautiful trees and  other foliage were being planted and an Olympic Village was even being constructed.  This village would […]