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Remembering an epic sporting event: 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics in photos

July 19, 18:49 UTC+3

On July 19, 1980, Moscow's Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena housed the opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games

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Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympics mascot, seen on a large signboard with a map of the venues for the Summer Olympic Games on a downtown street in Moscow, Soviet Union, June 16, 1980
Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympics mascot, seen on a large signboard with a map of the venues for the Summer Olympic Games on a downtown street in Moscow, Soviet Union, June 16, 1980
Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympics mascot, seen on a large signboard with a map of the venues for the Summer Olympic Games on a downtown street in Moscow, Soviet Union, June 16, 1980
© AP Photo
A Soviet truck line delivering huge wrap-covered typical Soviet puppets to the Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 15, 1980
A Soviet truck line delivering huge wrap-covered typical Soviet puppets to the Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 15, 1980
A Soviet truck line delivering huge wrap-covered typical Soviet puppets to the Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 15, 1980
© AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
Muscovites examine new Olympic billboard with sign reading “Sport Serves Peace", erected after the United States announced it was boycotting the games
Muscovites examine new Olympic billboard with sign reading “Sport Serves Peace", erected after the United States announced it was boycotting the games
Muscovites examine new Olympic billboard with sign reading “Sport Serves Peace", erected after the United States announced it was boycotting the games
© AP Photo/Yurchenko
Moscow residents line up at one of the refreshment stands in the city where one can buy a Pepsi Cola, which is produced under license in the USSR, in Moscow, July 14, 1980
Moscow residents line up at one of the refreshment stands in the city where one can buy a Pepsi Cola, which is produced under license in the USSR, in Moscow, July 14, 1980
Moscow residents line up at one of the refreshment stands in the city where one can buy a Pepsi Cola, which is produced under license in the USSR, in Moscow, July 14, 1980
© AP Photo
Shoppers walk past a store window displaying Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympic mascot, and other Olympic souvenirs in Moscow, June 16, 1980
Shoppers walk past a store window displaying Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympic mascot, and other Olympic souvenirs in Moscow, June 16, 1980
Shoppers walk past a store window displaying Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympic mascot, and other Olympic souvenirs in Moscow, June 16, 1980
© AP Photo
Peruvian volley ball girls dancing to Latin rhythms from a tape recorder at their table at the Plaza of the Olympic Village in Moscow, July 9, 1980
Peruvian volley ball girls dancing to Latin rhythms from a tape recorder at their table at the Plaza of the Olympic Village in Moscow, July 9, 1980
Peruvian volley ball girls dancing to Latin rhythms from a tape recorder at their table at the Plaza of the Olympic Village in Moscow, July 9, 1980
© AP Photo/DE
Former Soviet Olympic athlete Marina Koshevaya lighting her torch with the Olympic flame from another Soviet athlete in front of Moscow's Arch of Triumph on Kutuzovaky Avenue, July 18, 1980, shortly after the arrival of the Olympic torch in the Soviet capital. Almost 5,000 runners brought the flame from Greece to the outskirts of Moscow
Former Soviet Olympic athlete Marina Koshevaya lighting her torch with the Olympic flame from another Soviet athlete in front of Moscow's Arch of Triumph on Kutuzovaky Avenue, July 18, 1980, shortly after the arrival of the Olympic torch in the Soviet capital. Almost 5,000 runners brought the flame from Greece to the outskirts of Moscow
Former Soviet Olympic athlete Marina Koshevaya lighting her torch with the Olympic flame from another Soviet athlete in front of Moscow's Arch of Triumph on Kutuzovaky Avenue, July 18, 1980, shortly after the arrival of the Olympic torch in the Soviet capital. Almost 5,000 runners brought the flame from Greece to the outskirts of Moscow
© AP Photo
Soviet youths form a human pyramid during dance gymnastics, part of the opening ceremony of the Moscow Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Soviet youths form a human pyramid during dance gymnastics, part of the opening ceremony of the Moscow Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Soviet youths form a human pyramid during dance gymnastics, part of the opening ceremony of the Moscow Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© AP Photo
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
©  Alexander Chumichev/TASS
Soviet youth marching with the Olympic banner while others are carrying pigeons to be released, during opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games, July 19, 1980
Soviet youth marching with the Olympic banner while others are carrying pigeons to be released, during opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games, July 19, 1980
Soviet youth marching with the Olympic banner while others are carrying pigeons to be released, during opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games, July 19, 1980
© AP Photo
"Friendship between peoples" dance performance at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
"Friendship between peoples" dance performance at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
"Friendship between peoples" dance performance at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© Nikolai Malyshev/TASS
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© Yuri Lizunov/TASS
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© Nikolai Malyshev/TASS
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Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympics mascot, seen on a large signboard with a map of the venues for the Summer Olympic Games on a downtown street in Moscow, Soviet Union, June 16, 1980
© AP Photo
A Soviet truck line delivering huge wrap-covered typical Soviet puppets to the Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 15, 1980
© AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
Muscovites examine new Olympic billboard with sign reading “Sport Serves Peace", erected after the United States announced it was boycotting the games
© AP Photo/Yurchenko
Moscow residents line up at one of the refreshment stands in the city where one can buy a Pepsi Cola, which is produced under license in the USSR, in Moscow, July 14, 1980
© AP Photo
Shoppers walk past a store window displaying Misha the Bear Cub, the 1980 Moscow Olympic mascot, and other Olympic souvenirs in Moscow, June 16, 1980
© AP Photo
Peruvian volley ball girls dancing to Latin rhythms from a tape recorder at their table at the Plaza of the Olympic Village in Moscow, July 9, 1980
© AP Photo/DE
Former Soviet Olympic athlete Marina Koshevaya lighting her torch with the Olympic flame from another Soviet athlete in front of Moscow's Arch of Triumph on Kutuzovaky Avenue, July 18, 1980, shortly after the arrival of the Olympic torch in the Soviet capital. Almost 5,000 runners brought the flame from Greece to the outskirts of Moscow
© AP Photo
Soviet youths form a human pyramid during dance gymnastics, part of the opening ceremony of the Moscow Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© AP Photo
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
©  Alexander Chumichev/TASS
Soviet youth marching with the Olympic banner while others are carrying pigeons to be released, during opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games, July 19, 1980
© AP Photo
"Friendship between peoples" dance performance at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© Nikolai Malyshev/TASS
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© Yuri Lizunov/TASS
Official opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympics Games at Lenin stadium in Moscow, July 18, 1980
© Nikolai Malyshev/TASS

On July 19, 1980, Moscow's Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena hosted the opening ceremony of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games. Check out TASS photo gallery to discover how this historic athletic tournament changed Russia’s capital.

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