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Olympic Problems Olympic Ideals The aim of the Olympics is to promote: Personal excellence Sport as education Cultural exchange Mass participation Fair play International understanding BUT!!! 1936 Berlin Hitler used the games to show off Nazi power.

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Olympic Ideals

  • The aim of the Olympics is to promote:

    • Personal excellence

    • Sport as education

    • Cultural exchange

    • Mass participation

    • Fair play

    • International understanding



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1936 Berlin

  • Hitler used the games to show off Nazi power.

  • Hans Woellke won gold in shot putt and was paraded.

  • American Jesse Owens won four gold medals, Hitler was disgusted and left.


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1956 Melbourne

  • Weeks before Britain and France invaded Egypt.

  • Egypt, Iran and Lebanon withdrew.

  • China also withdrew because Taiwan had entered a team.

  • Spain, Holland and Switzerland withdrew because the Soviet Union had invaded Hungary.


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1968 Mexico City

  • Before the games all the homeless were cleared so that visitors would not see them.

  • While the world watched on the Olympics on TV, over 300 rioting students were shot dead by soldiers.


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1972 Munich

  • Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic village and took 9 Israeli’s hostage.

  • After a failed rescue attempt the hostages were shot.

  • Officials and athletes wanted to abandon the games, but they continued.


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1976 Montreal

  • Canadian government made big plans but the money ran out.

  • The opening ceremony happened in an un-finished stadium.

  • Montreal is still paying off the debt.


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1980 Moscow

  • The Soviet Union Invaded Afghanistan in December 1979.

  • In protest, West Germany, Kenya, Japan, Canada and America boycotted the games.


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1984 Los Angeles

  • First to be completely funded by sponsorship and sale of broadcast rights.

  • It made $215m profit.

  • Russia boycotted games to pay back US for Moscow in 1980.


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1988 Seoul

  • North Korea wanted to stage some events but IOC refused.

  • In response they and four of its allies boycotted the games.


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1992 Barcelona

  • No-one boycotted the games.

  • Made a small profit.

  • South Africa sent a team for the first time in 60 years.

  • East and West Germany combined to form a single team for the first time since 1964.