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The 1980 boycott was a very interesting event in Olympics history, and some people mark it as a turning point in the history of the Olympics. Even today, the Olympics is supposed to be entirely free of politics, serving as a neutral meeting ground for the most talented athletes in the world to compete, socialize, and learn more about each other and their cultures. By choosing to boycott the Olympics, participating nations brought a political aspect to the event, and it has been difficult to shake politics out of the Olympics as a result.

Here is a more anecdotal voice on the 1980 boycott, that of longtime U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran, who would like to see the International Olympic Committee formally honor athletes from the more than 60 countries -- including the United States -- that did not go to the 1980 Moscow Summer Games because their political leaders supported U.S. President Jimmy Carter's boycott.

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Why the U.S Boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics