March 21 1980 – President of the United States Jimmy Carter Announces a Boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow

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March 21 1980 – President of the United States Jimmy Carter Announces a Boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in MoscowRate this post Frustrated with a year-long heating up of the Cold War, President of the United States Jimmy Carter made a bold decision to show his disgust with the Soviet Union: American athletes would not attend the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. In announcing the boycott on March 21, 1980, he told the would-be Olympians the “American people are convinced that we should not go.” In the wake of the US ending operations in Vietnam early in the 1970s, President Richard Nixon and his successor, Gerald Ford, […]