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Moscow
1980

DateJuly 19 - August 3
CountryUSSR
Athletes5179
Teams80
Events203
Moscow 1980
Moscow 1980 Official Film |  O Sport, You Are Peace!
Originals02:21:28
Coe bounces back in 1,500m to overhaul Ovett
Moscow 1980

About the Games

The American Boycott

The Olympics were disrupted by another, even larger boycott, this one led by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, part of a package of actions to protest the December 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Carter engaged in extensive arm-twisting to gain support from other nations.

Some governments, like those of Great Britain and Australia, supported the boycott, but allowed the athletes to decide for themselves whether to go to Moscow. No such freedom of choice was allowed U.S. athletes, as Carter threatened to revoke the passport of any athlete who tried to travel to the USSR. In the end, 67 nations did not participate, with 45 to 50 of these nations likely being absent because of the U.S.-led boycott. Eighty nations did participate—the lowest number since 1956.

Olympic Firsts

Aleksandr Dityatin of Russia earned medals in every men's gymnastics event to become the first athlete to win eight medals at one Olympic Games. Super-heavyweight Teófilo Stevenson of Cuba became the first boxer to win the same division three times, and Gerd Wessig of East Germany became the first male high jumper to break the world record at the Olympic Games.

All Medals

Medal Table

See the list of teams and medals won by each.

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Moscow
1980

Featured Athletes

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Gold
Silver
Bronze
Great Britain
Great Britain
1
1
German Democratic Republic (Germany)
German Democratic Republic (Germany)
2
2
1
Romania
Romania
2
2
Great Britain
Great Britain
1
1

Replays from
Moscow 1980

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Moscow
1980

Discover the Games

The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

Brand

Brand

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.

Medals

Medals

The Mascot

An original image, it must give concrete form to the Olympic spirit.

Mascot

Mascot

The Torch

An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.

Torch

Torch