Jimmy Carter boycotts 1980 Olympics
Who was involved
Our 38th President Jimmy Carter
Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev
38th U.S President from January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Soviet Leader from June 16 1977 – November 10 1982
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