Ophir Paz

1980-84 Olympics Boycott

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Both the Summer Olympics of 1980 in Moscow and the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles were boycotted by two world power nations. When the United States chose to not be involved in the Moscow Olympics, it seemed as if the Communists wanted to get revenge for the U.S. actions. Four years later the Soviets did not show up to the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.








1980- Moscow Summer Olympics

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The 1980 summer Olympics were held at Moscow, Russia. At that time they were mostly communists and did not have the same views as the United States and many other countries. Because of the very different views that they had, the United States and some other nations decided to boycott the summer Olympics. Only 80 nations, out of 122 that were expected to compete, attended the games. The U.S. reasons for not attending the games were because of the invasion of Afghanistan, which the Soviets were in progress of fighting for. President Carter ordered all American athletes to not go to Moscow for the Olympics.








1984- Los Angeles Summer Olympics

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After the Olympic Games in Moscow, which the United States didn't precipitated in, the Soviet Union chose to not send their athletes to the 1984 Summer Olympics which was held in Los Angeles. To many people it seemed as if the Soviets wanted revenge for America's actions four years earlier. The Soviets Union explained to the rest of the world that their reasons for not attending the Olympics were for security concerns only.










Impact On American Society


When the United States chose to "boycott" the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, it changed many of athletes' and citizens' lives. There were hundreds of athletes who trained most of their lives to be precipitating in the Olympics, wanting to win medals for their country. For some athletes it was their last chance ever to compete in an Olympic event.














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