1980 Olympics Moscow The first Games to be held in a Communist country opened in July with 80 nations competing and were dominated by the USSR and East Germany. They were also plagued by charges of rigged judging and poor sportsmanship by Moscow fans who, without the Americans around, booed the Poles and East Germans unmercifully
1976 Olympics Montreal When the Games got started they were quickly stolen by 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who scored seven perfect 10s on her way to three gold medals. East Germany's Kornelia Ender did Comaneci one better, winning four times as the GDR captured 11 of 13 events in women's swimming. John Naber (4 gold) and the U.S. men did the East German women one better when they won 12 of 13 gold medals in swimming.
1972 Olympics Munich 10 days into the games — eight masked Palestinian terrorists stormed the apartment of Jewish athletes, killing two and taking nine as hostages. Within 24 hours, all nine were dead. The magnitude of the terrorist crimes dwarfed the athletic achievement of the Munich Olympic Games, which included Mark Spitz' winning seven gold medals and breaking seven world records.