Montreal, 1976 Olympic Games
The 1976 Olympic Games were held in Montreal, Canada. The Soviet Union lead the medal count, followed by the U.S. and East Germany. See the 1976 Medal Count.
26 African countries boycotted the Games in response to New Zealand's inclusion. Earlier that year a New Zealand team had undertaken a three-month rugby tour of the racially segregated South Africa, but the IOC refused to ban them.
- The original estimated cost of the Montreal Games had been $310 million, but labor problems, financial mismanagement, the addition of an extravagant stadium, and other expenses - plus increased security, clearly needed after the events of Munich - increased the price tag past $1.5 billion.
- Canada barred the Republic of China (Taiwan) team from the country, then allowed them to enter if they agreed not to compete as "the Republic of China". The Taiwanese considered this unacceptable and withdraw.
- Five American boxers won gold medals, including three future world boxing champs: Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks, and Leon Spinks.
- No gymnast had ever achieved a perfect score of 10, until 14 year old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored perfect 10's seven times at the 1976-Montreal games, also bagging three gold medals, plus a silver and a bronze on the way.
- The only female competitor not to have to submit to a sex test at the 1976 Summer Olympics was Princess Anne of the UK, who was competing as a member of the UK equestrian team. As the daughter Queen Elizabeth II, such a test was seen as inappropriate.
- List of sports at the 1976 Olympic Games
- Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games
- Complete list of Olympic host cities
- Canada at the Olympic Games.
- Videos from the 1976 Olympics
- 1976: The Year in Sport