Moscow Olympics Games 1980

XXII Summers Moscow Olympics. The First Olympics in Russia.

1980 Olympic games, Moscow Olympics

The Miskha Bear in Moscow Olympics 1980

The XXII summer Olympic games took place in 1980 in the city of Moscow.

Los Angeles and Moscow were competing for hosting these games. Moscow won the final decision on 23 of october 1974 in Viena, with the ratio of 39 votes against 20 votes or Los Angeles.

For the first time, the Olympic games had to take place in the socialist country. The Organizing committee "Olympic Games-80" was created in March 1975.   USSR transferred all the rights for preparing and holding the Olympic games in Moscow.

The official mascot of the Moscow Olympics 1980 was the bear.  It was called a Mishka bear.  This symbol became the second most important after a sickle and a hammer since 1977 till 1980 in the USSR.

Preparations of 1980 Moscow Olympics in Russia

Preparation for the Olympics 1980 started 4 years before its beginning. Moscow received many of modern objects for hosting the first ever Olympics games in Eastern Europe. The bicycle track in Krylatskoye, Olympic sports complex the old buildings of Luzhniki Stadium were also  modernized  for the Olympic Games.

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Olympics

Luzhniki Stadium for 1980 Moscow Olympics Russia

Moscow was completely changed at that time.  New sports circles opened with high promotional activities. 78 special items were constructed for hosting these games in Russia.

50 countries, including America, boycotted from the Olympic Games 1980. It was because of response of the Soviet troops to Afghanistan. However, this could not prevent Moscow by starting the production of American Coca-Cola drinks with Moscow Olympics logos.

Route of Olympic Flame of the Moscow Olympics Games

The Olympics flame started its journey from Athens on 21st June and reached Moscow on 18th July 

  • June 21 - Athens (Greece)
  • June 26 - Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • July 1 - Bucharest (Romania)
  • July 5 - Leusheni (Moldavian the Soviet Socialist Republic), fire crossed border of the USSR
  • July 6 - Chisinau(Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic)
  • July 11 - Kiev (Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic)
  • July 13 - Kharkov (Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic)
  • July 16 - Tula
  • July 17 - Podolsk
  • July 18 - Moscow
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The Olympics Ceremony of Moscow Olympics 1980

Arrangements for Moscow Olympics 1980

At that time, the largest European hotel was constructed for the Moscow Olympics.  The hotel remained under construction for four years.  It was recorded as Guinness Book of Records as the largest center of Europe , with total volume of 7500 living rooms. Its was equipped with high-speed American and Finnish elevators.

All the furnishings were designed by furniture firms of Lithuania and Finland.

Izmailovo Hotel , Moscow Olympics

The lIzmailovo Hotel constructed for Moscow Olympics 1980

Memorable Events of Moscow Olympics 1980

At the opening ceremony of Moscow Olympics, the Soviet astronauts Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin sent their greetings to Olympians from space. Their address was broadcasted to the stadium.

The youngest participant of the Olympics 1980 games was a swimmer Angola Georges Lima. He was only 13 years old. And the oldest one was the 70 years old Bulgarian participant yachtsman Krassimir Krystev.

The Russian bear Mishka was raised high in the sky at the closing ceremony of the summer Moscow Olympics 1980.

Closing ceremony of Moscow Olympics 1980, Moscow Olympics

The bear in the closing Ceremony of Moscow Olympics 1980

Awards Statistics of Moscow Olympics 1980

Athletes from 25 countries won Gold awards in Moscow Olympics 1980. More than a half of all gold awards were won by athletes of the USSR (80) and GDR (47).

1. USSR - 80 Gold, 69 Silver, 46 Bronze - in total 195

2. GDR - 47 Gold, 37 Silver, 42 Bronze - in total 126

3. Bulgaria - 8 Gold, 16 Silver, 17 Bronze - in total 41

4. Cuba - 8 Gold, 7 Silver, 5 Bronze - in total 20

5. Italy - 8 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze - in total 15

6. Hungary - 7 Gold, 10 Silver, 15 Bronze - in total 32

7. Romania - 6 Gold, 6 Silver, 13 Bronze - in total 25

8. France - 6 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze - in total 14

9. Great Britain - 5 Gold, 7 Silver, 9 Bronze - in total 21

10.Poland - 3 Gold, 14 Silver, 15 Bronze - in total 32

11.Sweden - 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 6 Bronze - in total 12

12.Finland - 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze - in total 8

13.Czechoslovakia - 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 9 Bronze - in total 14

14. Yugoslavia - 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze - in total 9

15. Australia - 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 5 Bronze - in total 9

16. Denmark - 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 5

17. Brazil - 2 Gold, 0 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 4

18. Ethiopia - 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 4

19. Switzerland - 2 Gold, 0 Silver, 0 Bronze - in total 2

20. Spain - 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 6

21. Austria - 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze - in total 4

22. Greece - 1 Gold, 0 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 3

23. Belgium - 1 Gold, 0 Silver, 0 Bronze - in total 1

24. India - 1 Gold, 0 Silver, 0 Bronze - in total 1

25. Zimbabwe - 1 Gold, 0 Silver, 0 Bronze - in total 1

26. North Korea - 0 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 5

27. Mongolia - 0 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 4

28. Tanzania - 0 Gold, 2 Silver, 0 Bronze - in total 2

29. Mexico - 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze - in total 4

30. Netherlands - 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze - in total 3

31. Ireland - 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze - in total 2

32. Uganda - 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 0 Bronze - in total 1

33. Venezuela - 0 Gold, 1 Silver, 0 Bronze - in total 1

34. Jamaica - 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 3 Bronze - in total 3

35. Gyana - 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze - in total 1

36. Lebanon - 0 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze - in total 1

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