1980s Sports


The eighties were a great time of talented athletes, it was a decade of all sports. The popularity of many sports were increased in this decade, mostly because of television. The Olympics were a big part of the 1980s. The world records, the Olympic records, the introduction of new sports and womens sports. Baseball, basketball, football, boxing, and some other sports also had their part in this decade.
In 1982 the IOC voted to return the medals to the Thorpe family and to put his name back in the record books. Jim Thorpe was an American Indian who had easily won the decathlon and the pentathlon, but unfortunately his medals were taken away when it was discovered that before the ...

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The mens US hockey team also won an unexpected gold medal by defeating the Soviet Union. In 1984 Los Angeles there was yet another boycott starting with the Soviet Union, but only thirteen other countries joined in which was the cause of the loss of some Olympic sports. China competed in the Olympics for the first time in over thirty years and took home their share of medals.
In 1988 the summer games Ben Johnson of Canada defeated Carl Lewis in the 100-meter dash and set a world record. Three days later the IOC announced that Johnson had tested positive for steroids. The IOC states anyone found guilty of using any kind of drug is disqualified and unable to compete in the games. Lewis was awarded the gold medal and was the first man ever to win the 100-meter dash twice, he also won the long jump for the second time.
In 1981 the all American sport baseball was watched by millions and that year Nolan Ryan broke a record of pitching five no hit games by beating the ...

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