MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES - 1976 Montreal Olympiad

The Games of the XXI Olympiad held in Montreal were opened by queen Elizabeth II and were taken very high security measures in order to avoid tragic events. The efforts made by Canadian organizers were huge for that time: 1,5 billion dollars. The African countries were a notable absence as they protested the fact that New Zealand's national rugby team had toured South Africa and New Zealand was scheduled to compete in the Olympics. The hero of the Montreal Games was gymnast Nadia Comaneci, 14 years old from a little town in Romania, who obtained a perfect score of 10, for the first time in the gymnastics history. The Japanese women’s volleyball team won all their matches in straightsets, Klaus Dibiasi, from Italy, earned his third straight gold medal in platform

diving, Viktor Saneyev, from Soviet Union, won his third triple jump gold and Irena Szewinska, from Poland, winner of the 400m run, brought her career total to seven medals. Alberto Juantorena, from Cuba, won gold medals for 40m-800m, Miklos Nemeth, from Hungary, won the javelin throw tobecome the first son of
an athletics gold

medalist to win the first title and Clarence Hill, from Bermuda, earned a bronze medal in boxing’s super-heavyweight division giving Bermuda the honor to be the least populous nation ever to win a medal in the Olympic Games. The media star of the Montreal Games was splendid gymnast Nadia Comaneci from Romania.


Opening date:
17th July 1976

Closing date:
1st August 1976

Nations: 92
Sports: 21
Events: 198
Athletes: 6 084
Men: 4 824
1 260

Candidate cities: Los Angeles and Moscow.