1980 Moscow Olympic Games

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2004, file photo, the Olympic Rings are shown in flames in a pool of water during the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
August 15, 2020 - 9:37 pm
When the Olympics returned to Athens in 2004, they also returned to antiquity. The men's and women's marathon races started in the actual town of Marathon, near the ancient battlefield about 26 miles northeast of the capital on the Aegean coast. They finished in central Athens at the Panathenian...
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FILE - In this May 11, 1994, file photo, Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas announces his retirement from basketball at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice. Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team — that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. But he could have been an Olympian 12 years earlier, had the Americans not boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games. (AP Photo/Richard Sheinwald, File)
August 12, 2020 - 5:25 pm
Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career. The Olympics. Inside the Soviet Union. During the Cold War. Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team — the first Dream Team —...
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FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, a giant image of Misha, the Russian bear mascot of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games, greets athletes standing on the field of Moscow's Lenin Stadium during opening ceremonies of the competitions in Moscow. The image was created by 3,500 card-bearers. Overhead burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)
August 09, 2020 - 1:25 pm
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in the Huntsville Times on August 7, 1980. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper. ___ Life in...
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FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, members of the crowd hold up 3,500 cards to create an image of Misha the Bear Cup, the mascot of the Moscow Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Russia on. Above burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)
August 09, 2020 - 12:22 pm
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. The Cold War made for decades of tense Olympic battles between the United...
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In this image provided by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), United States wrestler Lee Kemp, top, competes in the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics crushed Kemp's dreams, along with all the predictions that he would win a gold medal. (Walter Meives/USOPC via AP)
August 04, 2020 - 1:02 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Long before the days when most facts were a click away on the internet, Lee Kemp kept the details of his wrestling success to himself. “I was embarrassed,” he said. “If you tell someone you were pretty good, the first thing they'd ask you is ‘Did you do it in the...
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Peter Schnugg stands for a portrait along the beach Friday, July 31, 2020, in San Diego. The former waterpolo athlete missed his chance to go to the Olympics in 1980 when the U.S. decided to boycott the games to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Now he's unsure if he'll get the chance to see his niece, Maggie Steffens, try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
August 03, 2020 - 1:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, Peter Schnugg texted his niece, Maggie Steffens, to apologize. Schnugg had made plans to travel to Japan to watch Steffens try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. Olympic...
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- Benn Fields holds a high jump trophy, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Salisbury Mills, N.Y. Fields will forever be known as a U.S. Olympian, he will also always wonder about what might have been had the U.S. government not spearheaded a boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 02, 2020 - 9:02 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In the grand scheme of things, Benn Fields knows he's lucky. His career as an elite high jumper has taken him around the globe more than once — to Nigeria, Mexico, Guatemala, the Middle East, even Russia. Many of those trips came while selling track and field...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia. During an interview with a German newspaper Sunday, April 12, 2020, Bach says the International Olympic Committee will face “several hundred million dollars”of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until next year. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
July 17, 2020 - 12:46 pm
GENEVA (AP) — IOC president Thomas Bach warned against Olympic boycotts on Friday while also confirming he will seek re-election next year. Bach seems certain to get four more years in 2021 after almost half of the 100 International Olympic Committee members from around the world praised him in an...
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FILE - In this June 6, 1991, file photo, Kurt Thomas, 35, competes on the pommel horse at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in the compulsory round in Cincinnati. Thomas, the first U.S. male gymnast to win a world championship gold medal, has died. He was 64. Thomas’ family said he died Friday, June 5, 2020. He had a stroke May 24, caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem. (AP Photo/Michael Snyder, File)
June 06, 2020 - 9:41 pm
Kurt Thomas, the first U.S. male gymnast to win a world championship gold medal, has died. He was 64. Thomas’ family said he died Friday. He had a stroke May 24, caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem. “Yesterday, I lost my universe, my best friend and my soulmate of 24 years...
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FILE - This 1979 file photo shows Edwin Moses, 400-meter gold Olympic medalist. Forty years ago this weekend, the U.S. Olympic Committee voted to boycott the 1980 Moscow Games. It was a decision triggered by then-President Jimmy Carter, who wanted to send a message to the Soviet Union for invading Afghanistan. The Soviet Union returned the favor by boycotting the Los Angeles Games in 1984. Moses called the whole ordeal horrible. More than 200 of the U.S. athletes never had another chance to compete at an Olympics. (AP Photo)
April 11, 2020 - 1:48 pm
DENVER (AP) — By the time the news filtered to him, Edwin Moses had already left a promising engineering job to focus on a full-time career on the track. He was lucky. He already had an Olympic gold medal hanging on his wall. Hundreds of other American athletes would never get their chance. They...
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