Olympic Boycott

Jimmy Carter boycotts 1980 Olympics

Who was involved

Our 38th President Jimmy Carter

Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev

Why the boycott?

President Jimmy Carter informs a group of U.S. athletes that, in response to the December 1979 Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, the United States will boycott the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. It marked the first and only time that the United States has boycotted the Olympics.


Athletes from 62 different countries were not able to compete