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Olympics, which we could not take away

The opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Games took place on July 19, 1980 at the Lenin Stadium in Luzhniki. More than 16 thousand people took part in the festive opening of the 1980 Olympics, including professional dancers, athletes, students and amateur artists.

Olympics, which we could not take away

Lenin Stadium

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Bear Misha, the brainchild of Soviet artist Viktor Chizhikov, became the official mascot of the 1980 Olympics . Misha won according to the results of a TV poll, ahead of an elk, squirrel, bison, eagle and other animals. For the first time in history, the Olympic mascot traveled to space - cosmonauts Vladimir Kovalenok and Alexander Ivanchenkov took Misha with them on the flight two years before the Games.

Olympics, which we could not take away

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Olympics, which we could not take away

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The emblem of the 1980 Olympics was a stylized image of the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower, consisting of lines that symbolized treadmills. There was a star at the top of the tower, and the emblem featured five Olympic rings as a foundation.

Olympics, which we could not take away

Olympic cake featuring the Olympic emblem- 80

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Olympics, which we could not take away

Shawls with the emblem of the Olympics

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At the beginning of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, young men and women dressed in ancient Greek clothes marched through the arena. The procession was accompanied by three chariots. Thus, the connection with the history of the Olympic movement was shown.

Olympics, which we could not take away

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Athletes from 81 countries took part in the Olympic Games in Moscow. The USA, Canada, Germany, Japan and China boycotted the Olympics due to the introduction of Soviet troops into Afghanistan. Team Australia went out under the Olympic flag, as the state government advised to ignore the Games in Moscow. However, many athletes decided to take part in the Olympics.

Olympics, which we could not take away
Olympics, which we could not take away

Team USSR

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Chairman of the Olympics-80 Organizing Committee Ignatiy Novikov (left) and IOC President (International Olympic Committee) Lord Michael Killanin (right) made a commemoration speech at the opening of the Games.

Olympics, which we could not take away

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The torch with the Olympic flame was carried through the stadium by a Soviet athlete, three-time Olympic champion Viktor Saneev . Then he passed the torch to the outstanding basketball player Sergey Belov , who lit the main olan imperial torch over Moscow.

Olympics, which we could not take away

Olympic flame

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Olympics, which we could not take away

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Olympics, which we could not take away

Olympic flame

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The Eastern Stand, which is a constantly changing live screen, deserves special attention. More than four thousand people with special attributes, including flags, tablets, painted panels, laid out certain images, lifting up one or another part of the props. During the opening ceremony, 174 mosaic paintings changed one another.

Olympics, which we could not take away

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In the final part of the opening ceremony, an image of a globe with a star appeared on the East Stand, which personified Moscow, the capital of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games. At the same time, a huge number of people in the arena depicted Olympic rings and cups.

Olympics, which we could not take away

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The opening ceremony of the 1980 Olympics impressed the citizens of the USSR and foreign guests.

Olympics, which we could not take away

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Gold medal of the Moscow Olympic Games. On the front side there is the goddess Nike - a traditional Olympic symbol of victory, on the right - a fragment of the colliseum. A bowl with fire is placed on the back of the medal, the arena of the stadium is in the background, and the emblem of the 1980 Olympics is in the upper part.

Olympics, which we could not take away

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203 sets of awards were played at the Olympic Games in Moscow. Athletes from the USSR won 80 gold medals, 69 silver and 46 bronze medals, taking first place in the overall standings.
Olympics-80 is a celebration of sport and peace, an event that will forever remain in the hearts of the people involved in it.

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