Where the 1980 Winter Olympics took place

Lake Placid’s selection as the venue for the thirteenth Winter Olympics was announced in October 1974 at the 74th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) .$ Initially, four other countries competed for the right to hold the next Winter Olympiad, in addition to the United States: Canada, France, Norway and Germany. Amid their proposals, the chances of a small Lake Placid with a population of about two thousand people, besides already hosting Olympians in 1932, seemed virtually nil. However, four other contenders withdrew their bids, so the IOC was left with nothing more than delegating Lake Placid the right to host the Winter Olympics again.

Why other contenders suddenly gave up the fight for the right to host games and withdrew their candidacies? Their decision should be considered in the light of the political situation of the time. The USSR and the United States fought for the right to host the 1980 Summer Olympics, with there clearly more supporters of hosting these games in Moscow. If the US did not get the right to host either the Summer or Winter Games, it would be seen as a major failure on the political scene. Therefore, it is hardly necessary to doubt that Canada, France, Norway and Germany withdrew their candidacies precisely by agreement with the United States. The result was the selection at the 74th IOC session of Lake Placid as the venue for the Winter Olympic Games, and at the next IOC session on October 23 of the same year Moscow was approved as a venue Summer Olympics 1980. As a result, parity between the superpowers was maintained, which surely was pleased and the Olympic Committee, never wanting to be extreme in disputes between the USSR and the United States. It was

not the first time the IOC was in a difficult situation Thus, in 1970 he made a truly Solomon decision in determining the venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The contenders were Moscow, Los Angeles and Montreal. Realizing that the choice of one superpower would inevitably complicate relations with another, the IOC chose the venue for the Olympiad Montreal. Interestingly, in early 1980 the US demanded from the Olympic Committee to cancel the holding of the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow as one of the sanctions for the entry of Soviet troops into Afghanistan, however the IOC has not made such a decision.

The winners of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid in the overall medal standings were Soviet athletes who won 10 gold awards, 6 silver and 6 bronze. The second place was the Olympians from the GDR with 9 gold medals, 7 silver and 7 bronze. The third place went to athletes from the United States who received 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze awards.

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