President Jimmy Carter and the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Jimmy Carter’s Attempt to Leverage the Olympics for Geopolitical Gain

Jimmy Carter’s Attempt to Leverage the Olympics for Geopolitical Gain

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Feb. 8 2018 10:12 AM

Jimmy Carter’s Olympic Boycott

The president tried to use the 1980 Summer Olympics to get Russia out of Afghanistan. It didn’t work.

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The U.S. team boycotted the Moscow Summer Olympics in 1980 in response to the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. On the eve of the Pyeongchang Olympics, we bring you the story of how President Jimmy Carter made that decision.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment revisits a memorable  moment from America's quadrennial carnival.

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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.