9. 62 Countries Boycott the Summer Olympics

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Olympic boycotts are nothing new, but this one was massive. With the United States leading the way, 62 countries refused to participate in the 1980 Moscow Games due to the then Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

10. And The Soviet Union Returns Serve

Anti-Soviet Bumper Sticker at 1984 Olympic Games
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As luck would have it, the city of Los Angeles was to play host to the 1984 Summer Olympics… And so the Soviet Union and other countries in its block boycotted those games in response to four years earlier.