As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

• How it was: the Olympics-80 in Moscow

5 August in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was inaugurated XXXI Olympic Games. For the next two weeks the attention of all the world will be focused on the competition of the strongest athletes of the world in dozens of sports. Meanwhile, we offer to recall one of the family for all of us of the Olympics - the same Olympics-80 in Moscow.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

The Moscow Olympic Games became the first in the history of the Olympics, carried out on the territory of Eastern Europe. In addition it was also a first Olympic Games in a socialist country.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

The current Brazilian Olympics - not the first, marred by political scandals. In 1980, the Olympics in Moscow completely boycotted by 65 countries including USA, Canada, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Germany and China. The reason was aggravated in the period political confrontation between the Warsaw Pact and NATO because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. However, some athletes from countries boycotted the games, yet arrived in Moscow and were under the Olympic flag.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

Olympics a little brightened grocery uniformity on the shop windows in the USSR. By the arrival of foreign guests on the shelves of grocery stores appeared the capital and Finnish jams and cutting salami and sausage, and juice with a straw, and even different types of alcohol liqueurs, bitters and canned beer. For 20 cents in GUM or ENEA, you could buy a paper cup "Fanta".

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

In addition there was a large quantity of goods with the symbol of the Olympic Games. They were, and icons, and the brand, and children's toys, and anything. The Olympics seemed penetrated into every home, every family. And indeed it was, because the event was of a truly epoch-making significance.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

Together with the 1980 Olympics in Moscow came a piece of freedom, and with it the interest in all things Western. That is why the newspapers were more likely to prevent the Soviet people "about diseases and provocations of the West", and with the athletes before the competition talked KGB. A huge number of the most incredible rumors were current in Moscow during the Olympics. They said, for example, that the aliens are hiding in the gum knives and bring contaminated food. Especially feared American coffee, he says he is not coffee at all, but a real poison. Telling stories that can be picked up from the jeans some unknown disease. A particularly interesting was a story about the fact that a foreigner allegedly smuggled through customs boxes with fleas and wanted to release them at the stadium during a football match.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

On the eve of the Olympic Games in Moscow were sold the Japanese audio cassettes "SONY" on 9 rubles apiece. Ka is strange, but especially the Olympics pleased Soviet smokers. Finally, in the country in the free market were the ones present "Malboro" - the true spirit of freedom of the West. Rage at the Olympics-80 steel shoes "Adidas". Some want to get them, others hated. In Moscow even went a saying: "He who is" Adidas ", tomorrow will sell the Motherland." However, the sneakers were bought and worn on holidays and to visit, under pants and skirts. And life after the sole of their cut and glued under regular shoes. Label itself is also not discarded and perekochovyval to another outfit.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

Even though the lack of a large number of games elite athletes from countries boycotted the competition, the Olympics-80 has been very generous to the high achievements. During the 14 days of competition, athletes from all 5 continents, established 74 Olympic, 39 European and 36 world records.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

A few interesting facts about the actual game: the youngest participant in the competition was the 13-year-old Angolan swimmer Jorge Lima, who in all his heats, finished last. And the oldest member of the Olympics turned 70-year-old yachtsman Bulgarian Krasimir Krastev. It is noteworthy that for the youngest, became the first and only in the career for the most age-Athlete Games in Moscow.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

as the undisputed leader in the total number of awards, and the number of gold medals, it became the Soviet Union. Athletes from the Soviet Union brought their homeland 195 awards, 80 of which were gold. Next on the list are the representatives of the German Democratic Republic with 126 and 47 medals respectively. None of the other participating countries do not take more than 10 gold medals.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

The closing ceremony of the XXII Olympic Games was a real show, as one would say now, is remembered for a long time. Under the Olympic anthem was omitted white Olympic flag. To the bowl with the Olympic fire approached in women tunics and formed composition resembling ancient Greek fresco. Olympic flame in the bowl slowly fading.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

From the colorful billboards in the stands was made artistic background as an image Misha - the symbol of the Olympic Games-80. Then there was an inscription "Bon Voyage!" And from the eyes of the bear tears rolled. The culmination of the ceremony and a big surprise for the guests was when in the middle of the stadium, grabbing the multicolored balloons floated huge "Misha". He waved goodbye with his paw and began to rise slowly over the stadium up until not disappear in the night sky Moscow. And all this time played a very touching song composer Alexandra Pakhmutova and poet Nikolai Dobronravov, "Good-bye, Moscow". At this moment, we are crying, probably all.

As it was, the Olympics-80 in Moscow

And many years later, the theme of the Moscow Olympics was the title for a clip of the popular Russian artist Delphine. And the song and the video were very soulful.