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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1984, file photo, Mary Lou Retton, of the United States, performs on the balance beam during the women's gymnastics individual all-around finals at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

AP WAS THERE: 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

Aug. 10, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story ran Aug. 4, 1984, and was written by Pete Herrera, a former AP sports writer who is now retired. By PETE HERRERA LOS ANGELES (AP)...

FILE - In this July 19, 1980, file photo, members of the crowd hold up 3,500 cards to create an image of Misha the Bear Cup, the mascot of the Moscow Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Russia on. Above burns the Olympic flame. (AP Photo/File)

Cold War rivalries split the Olympics in Moscow in 1980

Aug. 9, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. The Cold War made for decades of tense Olympic battles between the United States...

FILE - In this in this April 15, 2008 file photo, U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth takes questions during the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Chicago. Ueberroth vision laid the foundation for what the Olympic Games have become today.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Could another Olympic reset be on tap?

Aug. 5, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — By the time the boycott hit, Edwin Moses could envision the end of the Olympics as he knew them — or maybe the end of them altogether. The IOC was virtually bankrupt in 1980, both financially and, in many minds, morally. Its long-held insistence on adhering to a...

In this image provided by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), United States wrestler Lee Kemp, top, competes in the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics crushed Kemp's dreams, along with all the predictions that he would win a gold medal. (Walter Meives/USOPC via AP)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Wrestler finds peace despite road not taken

Aug. 4, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Long before the days when most facts were a click away on the internet, Lee Kemp kept the details of his wrestling success to himself. “I was embarrassed,” he said. “If you tell someone you were pretty good, the first thing they'd ask you is ‘Did...

Peter Schnugg stands for a portrait along the beach Friday, July 31, 2020, in San Diego. The former waterpolo athlete missed his chance to go to the Olympics in 1980 when the U.S. decided to boycott the games to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Now he's unsure if he'll get the chance to see his niece, Maggie Steffens, try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Former US water polo star looks back on 1980

Aug. 3, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, Peter Schnugg texted his niece, Maggie Steffens, to apologize. Schnugg had made plans to travel to Japan to watch Steffens try for a third consecutive gold medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. Olympic disappointment...

In this Nov. 2022 photo, crowds fill the Olympic Stadium, in Melbourne, Australia, during the Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

1956 Melbourne Olympics: 1st Games in southern hemisphere

Aug. 3, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

The Melbourne Olympics were already quite unique before they started. They were the first games held in the southern hemisphere, and ran from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8 to take in the Australian summer. And because of Australia’s strict quarantine regulations for animals, the equestrian events were held in...

- Benn Fields holds a high jump trophy, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Salisbury Mills, N.Y. Fields will forever be known as a U.S. Olympian, he will also always wonder about what might have been had the U.S. government not spearheaded a boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Fields harbors no anger despite missing '80

Aug. 2, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In the grand scheme of things, Benn Fields knows he's lucky. His career as an elite high jumper has taken him around the globe more than once — to Nigeria, Mexico, Guatemala, the Middle East, even Russia. Many of those trips came while selling track and field...

FILE - In this July 1980, a statue of Lenin sits outside of Lenin Stadium, main stadium for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow., (AP Photo/File)

BOYCOTT GAMES: 1980 U.S. team finds overdue recognition

Aug. 1, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Many of the names are familiar. Others don't quite ring a bell. There were 474 U.S. athletes primed to take their talents to the Moscow Olympics in 1980. The U.S. government, in the throes of a Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union, put an end to those plans. Of those 474...

FILE - In this file photo Oct. 18, 2017, grime music artist Wiley during an event in London. British Police are investigating after a stream of anti-Semitic comments were posted on Wiley’s Instagram and Twitter accounts, Wiley's management company have dropped the artist, and twitter have banned him for seven days after posts Friday and Saturday July 25, 2020.  (Ian West/PA via AP)

Twitter faces backlash over handling of anti-Semitic posts

Jul. 27, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Some Twitter users are staging a 48-hour boycott of the platform over its handling of a stream of anti-Semitic comments that were posted on British rapper Wiley’s social media accounts. The boycott, under the hashtag #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate, followed complaints that Twitter was too slow...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018 file photo, Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at the Iranian Materiel Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, Hook told journalists Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

US diplomat says America keeps pushing to end Qatar crisis

Jul. 26, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. continues to push for an end of the four-nation boycott of Qatar, even after the hospitalization of Kuwait's ruling emir who led talks to resolve the yearslong dispute, a U.S. diplomat said Sunday. U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook acknowledged the...