Choice Lake Placid as the venue for the thirteenth Olympic Winter Games was made public in October 1974 at the 74th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Initially, for the right to host the next Winter Olympics, in addition to the United States, fought four more countries: Canada, France, Norway and Germany.Against the background of their offers small chances Lake Placid with a population of about two thousand people, besides already taking Olympians in 1932, it seemed to virtually zero.However, four other candidates withdrew their applications, so the IOC had no choice, as the newly delegated Lake Placid right to host the Winter Olympics.

Why are other contenders suddenly refused to fight for the right to host the Games and withd
rew?Their decision should be considered taking into account the political situation of the time.The Soviet Union and the United States fought for the right to host the Summer Olympics in 1980, while the supporters of these Games in Moscow was clearly greater.If the US did not get the right to hold any summer or winter games, it would be regarded as a major failure in the political arena.Therefore, there is little doubt that Canada, France, Norway and Germany withdrew their candidacy is in agreement with the United States.The result is a selection of the 74th session of the IOC Lake Placid as the venue for the Olympic Winter Games, and the next IOC session on October 23 the same year, Moscow confirmed as the site of the Summer Olympics in 1980.As a result, the parity between the superpowers was saved, what must have been pleased and Olympic Committee, never wishing to provide extreme in arguments between the USSR and the USA.

not the first time the IOC was in a difficult situation.So, in 1970 he took a truly Solomonic solution in determining the venue of the 1976 Summer Olympics.Applicants were Moscow, Los Angeles and Montreal.Realizing that the selection of a single superpower will inevitably complicate relations with other IOC chose the venue for the Olympic Games of Montreal.It is interesting that in the early 1980s, the United States demanded that the Olympic Committee to cancel the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow as one of the penalties for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the IOC has not taken such a decision.

winners of the Olympic Winter Games in 1980 in Lake Placid in the overall medal standings became Soviet athletes won 10 gold medals, 6 silver and 6 bronze.The second place was occupied by East German Olympians with 9 gold medals, 7 silver and 7 bronze.Third place went to athletes from the United States, which received 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.