Which country won the most gold and overall medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics?
How many countries boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet–Afghan War?
Which two cities bid for the 1980 Summer Olympics?
How many events were held at the 1980 Summer Olympics?
How many world records were set at the 1980 Summer Olympics?
How many athletes were caught doping at the 1980 Summer Olympics?
Which major broadcasters covered the 1980 Summer Olympics?
How many spectators did the 1980 Summer Olympics attract?
What was the outturn cost of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics in 2015 dollars?
1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia
- The 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow, Soviet Union, from 19 July to 3 August 1980.
- The games were the first to be held in an Eastern Bloc country and the only Summer Olympics to be held in a Slavic language-speaking country until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
- The United States led a boycott of the games, and 66 countries boycotted the games entirely due to the Soviet–Afghan War.
- The Soviet Union won the most gold and overall medals, with the USSR and East Germany winning 127 out of 203 available golds.
- Eighty nations were represented at the games, the smallest number since 1956.
- The only two cities to bid for the 1980 Summer Olympics were Moscow and Los Angeles, and Los Angeles would eventually host the 1984 Summer Olympics.
- Several alternative events were held outside of the Soviet Union, and some athletes from boycotting countries participated in the games under the Olympic Flag.
- There were 203 events, and 36 world records, 39 European records, and 74 Olympic records were set at the games.
- Although no athletes were caught doping at the games, many athletes had begun using testosterone and other drugs, and a KGB colonel stated that the agency's officers had posed as anti-doping authorities from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to undermine doping tests.
- Major broadcasters of the games were USSR State TV and Radio, Eurovision, and Intervision.
- The games attracted five million spectators and cost US$1.35 billion, with total revenues being US$231 million.
- The outturn cost of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics was US$6.3 billion in 2015 dollars.
- Both the opening and closing ceremonies were shown in Yuri Ozerov's 1981 film Oh, Sport – You Are The World!
Test your knowledge of the historic 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia with this quiz! From the boycotts to the medal counts, this quiz covers all the major facts and figures of the first Olympics held in an Eastern Bloc country. Challenge yourself to see how much you know about this significant moment in sports history.
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