See also: 1976 Summer Paralympics[?]
The Games of the XXI Olympiad
were held in 1976
. In the bid to organise the Olympics, Montreal defeated Moscow
and Los Angeles
, which would organise the 1980 and 1984 Olympics.
- In a protest to a tour of South Africa by the New Zealand rugby team, Tanzania lead a boycott of 22 African nations as the IOC refused not to admit the New Zealand team. Some of the nations had already participated however, as the teams only withdrew after the first day.
- Following the Munich massacre, high security was part of the scene for these games.
- The organisation of the Olympics turned out bad financially for Montreal, as the city remained faced with debts well after the Games had finished. The Olympic Stadium, a daring design of French architect Roger Taillibert[?], remains a lasting monument to the huge deficit, as it never had an effective retractable roof, and the tower was only completed after the Olympics.
- 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci of Romania scored seven perfect 10s and won 3 gold medals in gymnastics.
- Viktor Saneyev[?] (Soviet Union) won his third consecutive triple jump gold medal, while Klaus Dibiasi[?] of Italy did the same in the platform diving event.
- Alberto Juantorena[?] of Cuba became the first man to win both the 400 m and 800 m at the same Olympics. Finland's Lasse Virén[?] also achieved a double in the 5000 and 10000 m and finished 5th in the marathon, thereby failing to equal Emil Zátopek[?] 1952 achievements.
- Women's events were introduced in basketball, handball and rowing.
- Five American boxers, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, Leo Randolph[?] and Howard Davis Jr.[?] won gold medals in boxing. This has been often called the greatest Olympic boxing team the United States ever had, and, out of the five American gold medalists in boxing, all but Davis went on to become professional world champions.
|Velodrome (foreground) and Olympic Stadium, Montreal|
== Medals Awarded ==
See the medal winners, ordered by sport:
1896 | 1900 | 1904 | 1906 | 1908 | 1912 | 1920 | 1924 | 1928 | 1932 | 1936 | 1948 | 1952 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1968 | 1972 | 1976 | 1980 | 1984 | 1988 | 1992 | 1996 | 2000 | 2004 | 2008 | 2012
1924 | 1928 | 1932 | 1936 | 1948 | 1952 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1968 | 1972 | 1976 | 1980 | 1984 | 1988 | 1992 | 1994 | 1998 | 2002 | 2006 | 2010
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