Winter Olympics 1980 in Lake Placid
In 1980, two Olympic Games held - summer was organized in the Soviet Union, and winter - in the United States. As gaming capital of Lake Placid was chosen, which has already hosted similar competitions in 1932.
Winter Olympics 1980 took place in good time - she could end up before the scandal about the boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow. Therefore, all States that are going to take part in the competition, the game was sent to his team, at the time of closing their eyes to the political opposition. Some states, such as Cyprus and Costa Rica, were first presented at the Winter Olympics. Also present at the games team is the People's Republic of China, the first time in its Communist history. Prior to this in the games involved only the delegation of Taiwan, and China believed it impossible to compete with the unrecognized state, which in turn did not consider the Communist regime in China legitimate. In the unofficial team competition the first place took the team of the USSR. The most successful was the performance of Soviet biathletes and skiers. Gold brought and skaters. Irina Rodnina, the star of the Olympics in 1972 and 1976, confirmed its status by winning the third Olympic gold in a pair with Alexander Zaitsev. In ice dancing couple also topped the Soviet - Natalia Linichuk and Gennady Karponosov. The hard struggle managed to get the silver, and the Soviet hockey players. The second place with a slight lag from the Soviet Union received the GDR team. Traditionally, showed a high level of German bobsledder and skiers. The United States became the only third. The athletes of this country obtained 12 medals, almost 2 times less than the athletes of the USSR and the GDR. And 5 of 6 gold medals for American speed skater Eric Heiden won. He set a record - no one before him had won the first place at all distances skating. Sixth American gold brought hockey team, traditionally strong in this country.