This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Moscow 1980 Olympics, which may be better known for the 66-country boycott of them. Our TKFLASTANI archivist Teri Hedgpeth joins us to talk about the boycott and a new exhibit she put together for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee that honors the US athletes who were affected by it.
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We are working on a side project about the 1980 boycott from a global aspect, so if you were involved or have historical context to present, we would be interested in talking with you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “boycott” in the subject line, and we’ll get back to you to talk further.
In our visit to TKFLASTAN, we learn that Clare Egan and the US women’s biathlon team are having a Bonfire fundraiser to support the ladies’ travel fund. New t-shirt designs go up every two weeks, so be sure to check it out (and don’t blame us if you end up with a t-shirt drawer that’s nothing but biathlon-themed shirts. Nothing wrong with that)!
John Shuster and his curling team have been nominated for Team USA’s Team of the Year. Fan voting is on through July 20.
Did you catch our ice dancer Charlie White and his wife Tanith hosting the International Skating Union’s inaugural ISU Skating Awards? You can watch a replay here.
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