The 1980 Olympics were the XXII edition ofthe Olympic Games, celebrated in Moscow,capital of the Soviet Union, between July19 and August 3.The Moscow Olympics are rememberedfor the division of the Olympicworld. 5217athletes participated (4043 malesand 1,124 females) from 81countries competing in 21 sports and204 specialties.
This games were influenced by the political situation. Socialism was the opposition to capitalism, and socialist and capitalist states had faced decades in the called Cold War.In blue and grey, states that boycotted the Games in 1980.
United States, arguing that the Soviet militarypresence in Afghanistan, was an invasionand violation of international law, decided notto go to the games, only six months beforethey started.U.S. President Jimmy Carter threatenedto remove the passport to any Americanathlete to try to go.
This decision was joined by several of itsallies, such as WestGermany, Canada, Argentina, Japan, Turkeyand Norway. Some U.S. allies like theUnited Kingdom and Australia, given freechoice to their athletes, who competed underthe Olympic flag. The Republic ofChina, faced with the Soviet Union, wasnot at the Moscow Games.In total only 80 countries participated in theGames, the lowest since the 1956 Olympics -but even so, they broke many records, evenmore than in the previous Games in Montreal.
British highlights include Allan Wells winning the100m and Coe and Ovett winning the 1500m and800m respectively.In the swimming pool Duncan Goodhew, won the100m breaststroke. He later went on to be anoutstanding sports ambassador.
Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba won the heavyweight gold medal for the third time.
Daley Thompson won gold in theDecathlon.He would win again in 1984.His arch rival, JurgenHingsen, was so much biggerit seemed unfair. Hingsens best for theindividual events was better thanThompsons yet in ten head-to-headcompetitions Daley Thompson won everytime. This leads Will and Guy to think thateven among Olympians, we doubt ifany were more dedicated, single mindedor just plain determined to win thanDaley Thompson.