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Goodwill Games
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Goodwill Games

The Goodwill Games were an international athletics competition, created by Ted Turner in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympics of the 1980s. The 1979 invasion of Afghanistan caused President Carter to boycott the 1980 Olympics, an act reciprocated when the Soviet Bloc boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

The first Games, held in Moscow in 1986, featured 182 events and attracted over 3,000 athletes representing 79 countries. World records were set by Sergey Bubka (pole vault), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (heptathlon), and both the men and women's 200m cycle racing, by West Germany's Michael Hubner and the Soviet Union's Erika Salumae, respectively. World records also fell at the 1990 games, to Mike Barrowman in the 200m breaststroke and Nadezhda Ryashkina in the 10km walk.

The 1994 Games were held in Leningrad, Russia, with the Soviet Union replaced by now independent republics. Russians set 5 world records in the weightlifting section, and the games were the first major international event to feature beach volleyball. Ted Turner's last games were in 1998 in New York City, with memorable highlights including Joyner-Kersee winning her 4th straight heptathlon title, and the US 4x400m relay team setting a world's best time.

The games were later bought from Turner by Australia Time Warner, who organised the 2001 event, before announcing that this would be the last.

Table of contents
1 Summer Goodwill Games
2 Winter Goodwill Games
3 External link

Summer Goodwill Games

Winter Goodwill Games

External link