Monday, July 25, 2016
1976 summer olympics
Montreal, Quebec was host of these games. they were held from July 17 to August 1. 92 nations were at these games. many of the African nations, plus a few others, boycotted due to the IOC not supporting a ban of some countries who had participated in other competitions in South Africa under apartheid rule. these games were the first under Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin. Nadia Comaneci of Romania scored seven perfect 10's and won three gold medals. the scoreboard held three digits so when she got her 10, the scoreboard had shown 1.00. Clarence Hill of Bermuda won a bronze in heavyweight boxing, making Bermuda the smallest nation population wise to win a medal. Thomas Bach won gold in team foil fencing. he now sits as IOC president. Poland won gold in men's volleyball over USSR = after being down two sets to none. Alex Oakley of Canada was the oldest athlete in track and field. he was 50 when he competed in race walking. it was also his 5th games. New Zealand won gold in field hockey, becoming the first non Asian and non European nation to win gold. field hockey was played on artificial turf for the first time. the U.S. had its greatest boxing team ever produced when they won 5 golds. Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks, Leon Spinks, Leon Randolph and Howard Davis Jr won the golds. all but Davis became professional champions. Taro Aso of Japan was on the shooting team. he later becomes prime minister of Japan. Canada won 11 medals (5s 6b) they are so far the only nation not to win gold in the summer games. tomorrow - the 1980 gmes. below is the logo for the Montreal games.