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  • 1980

    Soviet Political Cartoon, 'Passing the Baton'

    Political cartoon from the Soviet satirical magazine Krokodil. A female character labeled "Cold War" accepts a flaming relay torch with burning letters reading "Boycott Olympics" passed by a figure representing the United States. Underneath is the caption, "the boycott has one goal: to kindle the Cold War," a quote from the famous Soviet author Sergey Mikhalkov.

  • January 20, 1980

    Letter by President Jimmy Carter to the President of the United States Olympic Committee Robert Kane

    Jimmy Carter explains his call for a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics in reponse to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

  • April 12, 1980

    Address by Vice President Mondale to the United States Olympic Committee, 'US Call for an Olympic Boycott'

    Vice President Mondale addresses the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), advocating for President Carter's proposed boycott of the Moscow Olympic Games in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Later that day, the USOC voted to uphold the boycott.