Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony, 1986
From Jan Hebbard on March 29th, 2021
Tension between the United States and the Soviet Union caused each country to boycott a year of the Olympics in the 1980s. Ted Turner created the Goodwill Games as a way to bring these countries together and provide a way for their athletes to compete. The first Goodwill Games was held in Moscow in 1986 with over 3,000 athletes from 79 countries competing in a variety of sports and televised on the TBS SuperStation. Five more games were held over the following years, with the last one being in Brisbane, Australia in 2001.
Although the Goodwill Games were not a financial success, losing $25 million in the first year alone, they improved relations between the Americans and the Soviets by proving that these countries could set politics aside and come together over a shared love of sports.
Collection: Peabody Awards Collection Archives
Call Number: 1986044 ENT 1-2 of 2
Title: Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony
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