1980 in the history of the modern Olympic movement is best known for the boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics , but in the same year and took Winter Games . They were held in the beginning of the year in the U.S. city of Lake Placid and were not accompanied by any political collisions .
Games opening ceremony with the participation of the then U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale was held on 14 February 1980 at the urban racetrack , which seats 30,000 spectators. A closing ceremony of the 11 days was carried out on a specially constructed ice rink for the Olympics Herb Brooks Arena. Week and a half , instead of between the two events were marked by the domination of the athletes of the two countries – the GDR and the USSR.
German Olympians have won the greatest number of medals – 23 . In biathlon, they received five awards , while the other four went to Soviet athletes . In Bobsleigh two teams GDR won four awards out of six in luge – three out of nine .
representatives of the USSR received seven awards in skiing and four of them were gold . By tradition were strong and Soviet skaters who brought in a common fund two gold , silver and bronze medals . But the players , before five consecutive becoming Olympic champions sensationally lost composed of students and pupils U.S. college team . Total athletes Soviet Union won one award less than the GDR team , but there were more gold medals in the assets of the USSR.
Americans were third recipient of numerous awards . Also unexpected gold medal hockey all other highest standard U.S. XIII Olympic Winter Games belonged skater Eric Hayden . In these games, he is five times out at the start and every time is faster than its rivals. With this achievement, the 21- year-old American could alone bring the U.S. into third place medal standings . Besides his family skating track Hayden represented and younger sister Erica , who also did not go unrewarded – she won a bronze medal in skating race for three kilometers.
Total at the Winter Olympics in 1980 has been played 38 sets of awards for which wrestled nearly 1,100 athletes from 37 countries.