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The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially called the Games of the XXI Olympiad (French: Les XXIes olympiques d'été), was an international multi-sport event in Montreal, Quebec, in 1976, and the first Olympic Games held in Canada. Montreal
Montreal
was awarded the rights to the 1976 Games on May 12, 1970, at the 69th IOC Session
IOC Session
in Amsterdam, over the bids of Moscow
Moscow
and Los Angeles. It is so far the only Summer Olympic Games to be held in Canada. Calgary
Calgary
and Vancouver
Vancouver
later hosted the Winter Olympic Games
Olympic Games
in 1988 and 2010, respectively. Twenty-nine countries, mostly African, boycotted the Montreal
Montreal
Games when the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
(IOC) refused to ban New Zealand, after the New Zealand national rugby union team
New Zealand national rugby union team
had toured South Africa earlier in 1976 in defiance of the United Nations' calls for a sporting embargo.

Contents

1 Host city selection 2 Organization 3 Cost and cost overrun 4 Opening ceremony 5 Highlights 6 Venues

6.1 Montreal
Montreal
Olympic Park 6.2 Venues in Greater Montreal 6.3 Venues outside Montreal

7 Sports 8 Participating National Olympic Committees 9 Calendar 10 Medal count 11 Non-participating National Olympic Committees

11.1 Republic of China boycott

12 Legacy 13 See also 14 Further reading 15 Notes 16 References 17 External links

Host city selection[edit] The vote occurred on May 12, 1970, at the 69th IOC Session
IOC Session
in Amsterdam, Netherlands. While Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and Moscow
Moscow
were viewed as the favourites given that they represented the world's two main powers, many of the smaller countries supported Montreal
Montreal
as an underdog and as a politically neutral site for the games. Los Angeles was eliminated after the first round and Montreal
Montreal
won in the second round. Moscow
Moscow
would go on to host the 1980 Summer Olympics
1980 Summer Olympics
and Los Angeles the 1984 Summer Olympics. One blank vote was cast in the second and final round.[1][2][3] Toronto
Toronto
had made its third attempt for the Olympics but failed to get the support of the Canadian Olympic Committee, which selected Montreal instead.[4]

1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
bidding results[3]

City Country Round 1 Round 2

Montreal  Canada 25 41

Moscow  Soviet Union 28 28

Los Angeles  United States 17 —

Organization[edit]

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Robert Bourassa, then the Premier of Quebec, first asked Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Pierre Trudeau
to advise Canada's monarch, Elizabeth II, to attend the opening of the games. However, Bourassa later became unsettled about how unpopular the move might be with sovereigntists in the province, annoying Trudeau, who had already made arrangements.[5] The leader of the Parti Québécois
Parti Québécois
at the time, René Lévesque, sent his own letter to Buckingham Palace, asking the Queen to refuse her prime minister's request, though she did not oblige Lévesque as he was out of his jurisdiction in offering advice to the Sovereign.[6] In 1976, Trudeau, succumbing to pressure from the Communist Chinese, issued an order barring Taiwan
Taiwan
from participating as China in the 1976 Montreal
Montreal
Olympics, although technically it was a matter for the IOC.[7] His action strained relations with the United States
United States
– from President Ford, future President Carter
President Carter
and the press – and subjected Canada
Canada
to international condemnation and shame.[8][7] Cost and cost overrun[edit] The Oxford Olympics Study estimates the outturn cost of the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
at USD 6.1 billion in 2015-dollars and cost overrun at 720% in real terms.[9] This includes sports-related costs only, that is, (i) operational costs incurred by the organizing committee for the purpose of staging the Games, e.g., expenditures for technology, transportation, workforce, administration, security, catering, ceremonies, and medical services, and (ii) direct capital costs incurred by the host city and country or private investors to build, e.g., the competition venues, the Olympic village, international broadcast center, and media and press center, which are required to host the Games. Indirect capital costs are not included, such as for road, rail, or airport infrastructure, or for hotel upgrades or other business investment incurred in preparation for the Games but not directly related to staging the Games. The cost overrun for Montreal
Montreal
1976 is the highest cost overrun on record for any Olympics. The cost and cost overrun for Montreal
Montreal
1976 compares with costs of USD 4.6 billion and a cost overrun of 51% for Rio 2016 and USD 15 billion and 76% for London 2012. Average cost for the Summer Games since 1960 is USD 5.2 billion, average cost overrun is 176%. Much of the cost overruns were caused by the Conseil des métiers de la construction union whose leader was André "Dede" Desjardins, and who kept the construction site in "anarchic disorder" as part of a shakedown.[10] The French architect Roger Taillibert
Roger Taillibert
who designed the Olympic stadium recounted in his 2000 book Notre Cher Stade Olympique that he and Montreal
Montreal
mayor Jean Drapeau
Jean Drapeau
tried hard to buy off Desjardins, even taking him to a lunch at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton hotel in a vain attempt to end the "delays".[11] Finally, the Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa
Robert Bourassa
made some sort of secret deal to buy off Desjardins, which finally allowed work to proceed.[12] Taillibert wrote in Notre Cher Stade Olympique "If the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
took place, it was thanks to Dede Desjardins. What irony!"[13] Opening ceremony[edit] Main article: 1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
opening ceremony

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Préfontaine and Henderson lighting the Olympic Flame

The opening ceremony of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
was held on Saturday, July 17, 1976, at the Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
in Montreal, Quebec
Quebec
in front of an audience of some 73,000 in the stadium, and an estimated half billion watching on television.[14] The ceremony marked the opening of the Games of the XXI Olympiad, the first Olympics held in Canada
Canada
( Calgary
Calgary
would later host the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, and Vancouver
Vancouver
the 2010 Olympic Winter Games).

East German
East German
athletes Hans-Georg Reimann, Karl-Heinz Müller and Waldemar Cierpinski
Waldemar Cierpinski
at the Olympic Village

Following an air show by the Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
Air Command's Snowbirds aerobatic flight demonstration squadron in the sunny skies above the stadium, the ceremony officially began at 3:00 pm with a trumpet fanfare and the arrival of Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada.[15] The Queen was accompanied by Michael Morris, Lord Killanin, President of the International Olympic Committee, and was greeted to an orchestral rendition of ‘O Canada’, an arrangement that for many years later would be used in schools across the country as well as in the daily sign off of TV broadcasts in the country.[16] The queen entered the Royal Box with her consort, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and her son, Prince Andrew (her daughter, Princess Anne, was an equestrian competitor for the team from Great Britain). She joined a number of Canadian and Olympic dignitaries, including: Jules Léger, Governor General of Canada, and his wife, Gabrielle; Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Pierre Trudeau
and wife, Margaret; Robert Bourassa, Premier of the Province of Quebec; Roger Rousseau, chief of the Montreal Olympic Organizing Committee (COJO); Sheila Dunlop, Lady Killanin, wife of the IOC
IOC
President; Mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau, and his wife, Marie-Claire. The parade of athletes began moments later with the arrival of the Greek team and concluded with the entrance of the Canadian team. All other teams entered the stadium according to French alphabetical order. Although most would eventually boycott the Games in the days to follow, a number of African delegations did march in the parade. Much of the music performed for the parade was arranged by Vic Vogel and was inspired by late Quebec
Quebec
composer, André Mathieu.[17] Immediately following the parade, a troupe of 80 women dancers dressed in white (representing the 80th anniversary of the revival of the Olympic Games) performed a brief dance in the outline of the Olympic rings. Following that came the official speeches, first by Roger Rousseau, head of the Montreal
Montreal
Olympic organizing committee, and Lord Killanin. Her Majesty was then invited to proclaim the Games open, which she did, first in French, then in English. Accompanied by the Olympic Hymn, the Olympic flag was carried into the stadium and hoisted at the west end of the stadium. The flag was carried by eight men and hoisted by four women, representing the ten provinces and two territories (at the time) of Canada. As the flag was hoisted, an all-male choir performed an a cappella version of the Olympic Hymn. Once the flag was unfurled, a troupe of Bavarian dancers, representing Munich, host of the previous 1972 Summer Olympics, entered the stadium with the Antwerp flag. Following a brief dance, that flag was then passed from the Mayor of Munich to the IOC
IOC
President and then to the Mayor of Montreal. Next came a presentation of traditional Québécois folk dancers. The two troupes merged in dance together to the strains of “Vive le Compagnie” and exited the stadium with the Antwerp Flag, which would be displayed at Montreal
Montreal
City Hall until the opening of the 1980 Summer Olympics
1980 Summer Olympics
in Moscow. Three cannons were then fired, as the 80-member troupe of female dancers unfolded special crates that released doves and ribbons in the five Olympic colours. Another trumpet fanfare announced the arrival of the Olympic Flame. The torch was carried by two 15-year-olds, Stéphane Préfontaine
Stéphane Préfontaine
and Sandra Henderson, chosen as representatives of the unity within Canada’s linguistic heritage. This would also be the first time two people would light the Olympic flame, and Henderson would become only the second woman to do the honours. The duo would make a lap of the stadium and then climbed a staircase on a special dais at the center of the stadium to set the Olympic flame alight in a temporary white aluminum cauldron. The flame was later transported to a more permanent cauldron just outside the running track to burn throughout the duration of the Games. A choir then performed the Olympic Cantata as onlookers admired the Olympic flame. Then, the ‘Youth of Canada’ took to the track to perform a colourful choreographed segment with flags, ribbons and a variety of rhythmic gymnast performers. The flag bearers of each team then circled around the speaker’s dais as Pierre St-Jean recited the Athletes’ Oath and Maurice Forget recited the Judges’ Oath, in English and in French, with right hand over the heart and the Canadian flag clutched in the left. Finally, a choral performance of ‘O Canada’ in both French and English marked the close of the opening ceremony, as the announcers concluded with a declaration of ‘Vive les Jeux de Montreal! Long Live the Montreal
Montreal
Games’. The Montreal
Montreal
ceremony would be the last of its kind, as future Olympic ceremonies, beginning with the 1980 Moscow
Moscow
Games, would become more focused on theatrical, cultural and artistic presentations and less on formality and protocol. Highlights[edit]

These Olympics were the first of two summer games to be organised under the IOC
IOC
presidency of Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin. Taro Aso
Taro Aso
was a member of the Japanese shooting team. 32 years later, he would be elected as the prime minister of Japan. The Games were opened by Elizabeth II, as head of state of Canada, and several members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremonies. This was particularly significant, as these were the first Olympic games hosted on Canadian soil. The Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, also competed in the games as part of the British riding team. After a rainstorm doused the Olympic Flame
Olympic Flame
a few days after the games had opened, an official relit the flame using his cigarette lighter. Organizers quickly doused it again and relit it using a backup of the original flame. The Israeli team walked into the stadium at the opening ceremony wearing black ribbons in commemoration of the 1972 Munich massacre.[18] Women's events were introduced in basketball, handball and rowing. Canada, the host country, finished with five silver and six bronze medals. This was the first time that the host country of the Summer Games had not won any gold medals. This feat had occurred previously only in the Winter Games – 1924 in Chamonix, France, and 1928 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. This later occurred at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and again at the 1988 Winter Olympics
1988 Winter Olympics
in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Because of the Munich massacre, security at these games was visible, as it had been earlier in the year at the Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. At age 14, gymnast Nadia Comăneci
Nadia Comăneci
of Romania became the first person to score a perfect 10 at the Olympics, recording seven 10.00 scores and winning three gold medals, including the all-around. The scoreboard could hold only 3 digits and the score was shown as 1.00. Alberto Juantorena
Alberto Juantorena
of Cuba became the first man to win both the 400 m and 800 m at the same Olympics. Finland's Lasse Virén
Lasse Virén
repeated his 1972 double win in the 5,000 and 10,000 m runs, the first runner to successfully defend a 5,000 m win (since equalled by Britain's Mo Farah in 2016). Virén finished 5th in the marathon, thereby failing to equal Emil Zátopek's 1952 achievements. Hasely Crawford
Hasely Crawford
won Trinidad and Tobago's first Olympic gold medal by finishing first in the 100 meter dash. Viktor Saneyev
Viktor Saneyev
of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
won his third consecutive triple jump gold medal, while Klaus Dibiasi
Klaus Dibiasi
of Italy did the same in the platform diving event. Boris Onishchenko, a member of the Soviet Union's modern pentathlon team, was disqualified after it was discovered that he had rigged his épée to register a hit when there wasn't one. Because of this, the Soviet modern pentathlon team was disqualified. Due to his disqualification, it was suggested that he earned the nickname of "Boris DISonish-chenko". However, many assumed that he was a victim of a Soviet "win it all" mentality.[19] Five American boxers – Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, Leo Randolph and Howard Davis Jr.
Howard Davis Jr.
won gold medals in boxing. This has been often called the greatest Olympic boxing team the United States ever had, and, out of the five American gold medalists in boxing, all but Davis went on to become professional world champions. Princess Anne of the United Kingdom was the only female competitor not to have to submit to a sex test.[20] She was a member of her country's equestrian team. Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto performed on a broken right knee, and helped the Japanese team win the gold medal for the team championship. Fujimoto broke his leg on the floor exercise, and due to the closeness in the overall standings with the USSR, he hid the extent of the injury. With a broken knee, Fujimoto was able to complete his event on the rings, performing a perfect triple somersault dismount, maintaining perfect posture. He scored a 9.7 thus securing gold for Japan. Years later, when asked if he would do it again, he stated bluntly "No, I would not."[21] The East German
East German
women's swimming team won all but two gold medals. Kornelia Ender
Kornelia Ender
won four gold medals and a silver medal. The U.S. men's swimming team won all but one gold medal. John Naber won four gold medals and a silver medal. In winning the gold medal for the men's 100m freestyle, Jim Montgomery of the U.S. became the first person to break the 50 second mark in the event, taking first place in the final in a time of 49.99. Luann Ryon
Luann Ryon
won the women's Archery
Archery
gold for the USA; Ryon had never before competed at the international level. U.S. track and field athlete Bruce Jenner
Bruce Jenner
won the gold medal for decathlon, setting a world record of 8,634 points. Alex Oakley, the Canadian race walker, became the oldest track and field athlete to compete at the Olympic Games. He was aged 50, and taking part in his fifth Olympics. The New Zealand men's national field hockey team
New Zealand men's national field hockey team
beat Australia to win gold, becoming the first non-Asian/European team to win the gold medal in hockey. It is also the first Olympic games in which hockey was played on artificial turf. The Polish men's volleyball team came back from being down 2 sets against the USSR to win the gold medal. Twenty-year-old Morehouse College
Morehouse College
student Edwin Moses
Edwin Moses
sets a new world record in the 400m hurdles, less than a year after taking up the event. He is also America's only male individual track gold medalist. Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach
of West Germany
West Germany
won a gold medal in the team foil event in fencing. He would later become IOC
IOC
President. Heavyweight boxer Clarence Hill won a bronze medal for Bermuda. His accomplishment makes Bermuda
Bermuda
the smallest nation in terms of population to win an Olympic medal
Olympic medal
at the Summer Olympics.[22]

Venues[edit] Main article: Venues of the 1976 Summer Olympics

The Olympic Village in January 2008.

Montreal
Montreal
Olympic Park[edit] Main article: Olympic Park, Montreal

Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
– opening/closing ceremonies, athletics, football (final), equestrian (jumping team final) Olympic Pool – diving, modern pentathlon (swimming), swimming, water polo (final) Olympic Velodrome – cycling (track), judo Montreal
Montreal
Botanical Garden – athletics (20 km walk), modern pentathlon (running) Maurice Richard Arena
Maurice Richard Arena
– boxing, wrestling (freestyle finals) Centre Pierre Charbonneau
Centre Pierre Charbonneau
– wrestling Olympic Village – athletes' residence

Venues in Greater Montreal[edit]

Olympic Basin, Île Notre-Dame
Île Notre-Dame
– canoeing, rowing Claude Robillard Centre – handball, water polo Centre Étienne Desmarteau
Centre Étienne Desmarteau
– basketball St. Michel Arena – weightlifting Paul Sauvé Centre – volleyball Montreal
Montreal
Forum – basketball (finals), boxing (finals), gymnastics, handball (finals), volleyball (finals) Mount Royal
Mount Royal
Park – cycling (individual road race) Quebec
Quebec
Autoroute 40 – cycling (road team time trial) streets of Montreal
Montreal
– athletics (marathon) Winter Stadium, Université de Montréal – fencing, modern pentathlon (fencing) Molson Stadium, McGill University – field hockey

Venues outside Montreal[edit]

Olympic Shooting Range, L'Acadie – modern pentathlon (shooting), shooting Olympic Archery
Archery
Field, Joliette – archery Olympic Equestrian Centre, Bromont – equestrian (all but jumping team), modern pentathlon (riding) Pavilion de l'éducation physique et des sports de l'Université Laval, Quebec
Quebec
City, Quebec
Quebec
– handball preliminaries Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke
Stadium, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Quebec
– football preliminaries Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke
Sports Palace, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Quebec
– handball preliminaries Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston, Ontario
Kingston, Ontario
– sailing Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario – football preliminaries Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ontario – football preliminaries

Sports[edit]

Velodrome (foreground) and Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
(its tower completed after the Games), Montreal

There was a desire by the IOC's program commission to reduce the number of competitors and a number of recommendations were put to the IOC's executive board on February 23, 1973, which were all accepted. Rowing was the only sport where the number of competitors was increased, and women were admitted for the first time in Olympic history. The 1976 Summer Olympic programme featured 196 events with 198 medal ceremonies in the following 21 sports:[23]

Aquatics

Diving
Diving
(4) Swimming (26) Water polo (1)

Archery
Archery
(2) Athletics (37) Basketball (2) Boxing
Boxing
(11) Canoeing (11) Cycling

Road (2) Track (4)

Equestrian

Dressage (2) Eventing (2) Show jumping (2)

Fencing (8) Football (1) Gymnastics (14) Handball (2) Field hockey (1) Judo (6) Modern pentathlon
Modern pentathlon
(2) Rowing (14) Sailing (6) Shooting (7) Volleyball (2) Weightlifting (9) Wrestling

Freestyle (10) Greco-Roman (10)

Participating National Olympic Committees[edit]

Participating nations

Number of athletes

Four nations made their first Summer Olympic appearance in Montreal: Andorra (which had its overall Olympic debut a few months before in Innsbruck Winter Olympics), Antigua and Barbuda (as Antigua), Cayman Islands, and Papua New Guinea. Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of athletes from each nation that competed at the Games.

Participating National Olympic Committees

 Andorra (3)  Antigua and Barbuda (9)  Argentina (70)  Australia (182)  Austria (60)  Bahamas (10)  Barbados (10)  Belgium (106)  Belize (4)  Bermuda (22)  Bolivia (4)  Brazil (81)  Bulgaria (160)  Cameroon (4)WD[›]  Canada (391) (host)  Cayman Islands (4)  Chile (7)  Colombia (34)  Costa Rica (5)  Cuba (150)  Czechoslovakia (150)  Denmark (69)  Dominican Republic (11)  Ecuador (5)  Egypt (29)WD[›]  Fiji (2)  Finland (89)  France (213)  East Germany (274)  West Germany (289)  Great Britain (249)  Greece (37)  Guatemala (29)  GuyanaNote[›]  Haiti (12)  Honduras (3)  Hong Kong (25)  Hungary (183)  Iceland (14)  India (26)  Indonesia (7)  Iran (84)  Ireland (46)  Israel (26)  Italy (221)  Ivory Coast (8)  Jamaica (20)  Japan (215)  North Korea (41)  South Korea (50)  Kuwait (14)  Lebanon (4)  Liechtenstein (6)  Luxembourg (8)  Malaysia (23)  Mexico (99)  MaliNote[›]  Monaco (10)  Mongolia (33)  Morocco (9)WD[›]  Nepal (1)  Netherlands (103)   Netherlands
Netherlands
Antilles (4)  New Zealand (84)  Nicaragua (14)  Norway (68)  Pakistan (24)  Panama (8)  Papua New Guinea (5)  Paraguay (6)  Peru (13)  Philippines (14)  Poland (224)  Portugal (19)  Puerto Rico (81)  Romania (157)  San Marino (10)  Saudi Arabia (19)  Senegal (23)  Singapore (4)  Soviet Union (412)  Spain (115)  Suriname (3)  Sweden (122)  Switzerland (54)  SwazilandNote[›]  Thailand (43)  Trinidad and Tobago (12)  Tunisia (17)WD[›]  Turkey (27)  United States (403)  Uruguay (9)  Venezuela (31)  Virgin Islands (18)  Yugoslavia (90)

^ WD: Athletes from Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco
Morocco
and Tunisia competed on July 18–20 before these nations withdrew from the Games. ^ Note: Athletes from Guyana, Mali
Mali
and Swaziland
Swaziland
also took part in the Opening Ceremony, but later joined the Congolese-led boycott and withdrew from all competitions.

Calendar[edit]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time
Eastern Daylight Time
(UTC-4)

 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony

Date July August

17th Sat 18th Sun 19th Mon 20th Tue 21st Wed 22nd Thu 23rd Fri 24th Sat 25th Sun 26th Mon 27th Tue 28th Wed 29th Thu 30th Fri 31st Sat 1st Sun

Archery

● ●

Athletics

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Basketball

● ●

Boxing

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Canoeing

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Cycling

● ●

Diving

Equestrian

● ●

Fencing

● ● ● ● ●

● ● ●

Field hockey

Football

Gymnastics

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Handball

● ●

Judo

● ● ● ● ● ●

Modern pentathlon

● ●

Rowing

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Sailing

● ● ● ● ● ●

Shooting

● ● ● ●

● ● ●

Swimming

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Volleyball

● ●

Water polo

Weightlifting

● ● ● ● ●

● ● ● ● ●

Wrestling

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Total gold medals

4 7 8 9 14 11 26 21 10 12 11 8 17 36 1

Ceremonies ●

Date 17th Sat 18th Sun 19th Mon 20th Tue 21st Wed 22nd Thu 23rd Fri 24th Sat 25th Sun 26th Mon 27th Tue 28th Wed 29th Thu 30th Fri 31st Sat 1st Sun

July August

Medal count[edit] These are the top ten nations that won medals at the 1976 Games. Canada
Canada
placed 27th with only 11 medals in total — none of them being gold. Canada
Canada
remains the only host nation of a Summer Olympics that did not win at least one gold medal in its own games. It also did not win any gold medals at the 1988 Winter Olympics
1988 Winter Olympics
in Calgary. However, Canada
Canada
went on to win the most gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. East Germany surpassed all expectations for a middle-sized nation by finishing 2nd. However, the GDR’s achievements were later fundamentally undermined by the expose of a serious and systematic scheme of doping by the East German
East German
sporting authorities.[24] It was later revealed that after injecting athletes with performance-boosting drugs at the Montreal
Montreal
Olympics, East German
East German
officials dumped the leftover serum and syringes in the Saint Lawrence River.[25]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total

1  Soviet Union 49 41 35 125

2  East Germany 40 25 25 90

3  United States 34 35 25 94

4  West Germany 10 12 17 39

5  Japan 9 6 10 25

6  Poland 7 6 13 26

7  Bulgaria 6 9 7 22

8  Cuba 6 4 3 13

9  Romania 4 9 14 27

10  Hungary 4 5 13 22

27   Canada
Canada
(host nation) 0 5 6 11

Further information: 1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
medal table Non-participating National Olympic Committees[edit] Twenty-nine countries boycotted the Games[26][27] due to the refusal of the IOC
IOC
to ban New Zealand, after the New Zealand national rugby union team had toured South Africa earlier in 1976.[28] The boycott was led by Congolese official Jean Claude Ganga. Some of the boycotting nations (including Morocco, Cameroon
Cameroon
and Egypt) had already participated, however, and withdrew after the first few days. Senegal and Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
were the only African countries that competed throughout the duration of the Games. Elsewhere, both Iraq
Iraq
and Guyana also opted to join the Congolese-led boycott. South Africa had been banned from the Olympics since 1964 due to its apartheid policies. Other countries, such as El Salvador
El Salvador
and Zaire, did not participate in Montreal
Montreal
because of economic reasons.[26]

Countries boycotting the 1976 Games are shaded blue

Republic of China boycott[edit] An unrelated boycott of the Montreal
Montreal
Games was the main issue between the Republic of China (ROC) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The ROC team withdrew from the games when Canada's Liberal government under Pierre Trudeau
Pierre Trudeau
told it that the name "Republic of China" was not permissible at the Games because Canada
Canada
had officially recognized the PRC in 1970. Canada
Canada
attempted a compromise by allowing the ROC the continued use of its national flag and anthem in the Montreal
Montreal
Olympic activities; the ROC refused. Later in November 1976, the IOC
IOC
recognized the PRC as the only recognized name of any Olympic activities representative of any Chinese government. In 1979 the IOC established in the Nagoya Resolution
Nagoya Resolution
that the PRC agreed to participate in IOC
IOC
activities if the Republic of China was referred to as "Chinese Taipei". Another boycott would occur before the ROC would accept the provisions of the 1979 Resolution although the reason that so many other countries boycotted were not all the same as the ROC.

Non-participating National Olympic Committees

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Legacy[edit] The legacy of the Montreal
Montreal
Olympics is complex. Many citizens regard the Olympiad as a financial disaster for the city as it faced debts for 30 years after the Games had finished. The retractable roof of the Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
never properly worked and on several occasions has torn, prompting the stadium to be closed for extended periods of time for repairs. The failure of the Montreal
Montreal
Expos baseball club is largely blamed on the failure of the Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
to transition into an effective and popular venue for the club – given the massive capacity of the stadium, it often looked unimpressive even with regular crowds in excess of 20,000 spectators. The year 1976 was also when the separatist Parti Québécois
Parti Québécois
was first elected in Quebec, leading to new legislation to strengthen the legal status of the province's French-speaking majority; this also had the effect of driving migration of English speakers out of the province, especially to Ontario. Montreal’s economy was also changing much like other industrial cities in the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River
Saint Lawrence River
region of North America. In sum, numerous political, socio-cultural and economic changes affected the city at around the same time as the Olympics that would result in stalled growth and give the appearance of decline. That said, many of these factors existed prior to the Olympics and continued to have an effect on Montreal’s growth and relative importance many years afterwards. There is no evidence which definitively proves that the Montreal
Montreal
Olympics played a specific role in that decline. Before the 21st century, the relative benefits of the Olympics were defined differently. There were also different methods by which they were financed and presented to the public. The Quebec
Quebec
provincial government took over construction when it became evident in 1975 that work had fallen far behind schedule. Work was still ongoing just weeks before the opening date, and the tower was not built. Mayor Jean Drapeau
Jean Drapeau
had confidently predicted in 1970 that “the Olympics can no more have a deficit than a man can have a baby”, but the debt racked up to a billion dollars that the Quebec government mandated the city pay in full. This would prompt cartoonist Aislin to draw a pregnant Drapeau on the telephone saying, "Allo, Morgentaler?" in reference to a Montreal
Montreal
abortion provider.

Olympic Stadium, seen next to the Montreal
Montreal
Botanical Garden.

The Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert. It is often nicknamed “The Big O” as a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium’s roof, though “The Big Owe” has been used to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole. It has never had an effective retractable roof, and the tower (called the Montreal
Montreal
Tower) was completed only after the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
were over. In December 2006 the stadium’s costs were finally paid in full.[29] The total expenditure (including repairs, renovations, construction, interest, and inflation) amounted to C$1.61 billion. Today the stadium lacks a permanent tenant, as the Montreal
Montreal
Alouettes and Montreal
Montreal
Expos have moved, though it does host some individual games of the Alouettes as well as the Montreal Impact. One of the streets surrounding the Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
was renamed to honor Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Olympics. The boycott by African nations over the inclusion of New Zealand, whose rugby team had played in South Africa that year, was a contributing factor in the massive protests and civil disobedience that occurred during the 1981 Springbok Tour
1981 Springbok Tour
of New Zealand. Official sporting contacts between South Africa and New Zealand did not occur again until after the fall of apartheid. Australia’s failure to win a gold medal led the country to create the Australian Institute of Sport. In 2016, the 40th Anniversary Celebrations were held. In conjunction with the celebrations, the 2016 Quebec
Quebec
Games were held.[30] See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Paul Charles Howell. The Montreal
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Olympics: An Insider's View of Organizing a Self-Financing Games (2009)

Notes[edit]

^ " IOC
IOC
VOTE HISTORY". aldaver.com.  ^ Stuart, Charles Edward (2005). Never Trust a Local: Inside the Nixon White House. Algora Publishing. p. 160.  ^ a b "Past Olympic host city election results". GamesBids. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2011.  ^ " Toronto
Toronto
has made 5 attempts to host the Olympics. Could the sixth be the winner? – Toronto
Toronto
Star".  ^ Heinricks, Geoff (2000). "Trudeau and the Monarchy". Canadian Monarchist News. Winter/Spring 2000–01. Toronto: Monarchist League of Canada
Canada
(published 2001).  ^ "Politics > Parties & Leaders > René Lévesque's Separatist Fight > René, The Queen and the FLQ". CBC. Retrieved July 5, 2009.  ^ a b " Montreal
Montreal
Olympics: The Taiwan
Taiwan
controversy". CBC Archives: As It Happens. CBC Radio One. July 16, 1976. Retrieved January 25, 2018.  ^ Donald Macintosh, Donna Greenhorn & Michael Hawes (1991). "Trudeau, Taiwan, and the 1976 Montreal
Montreal
Olympics". American Review of Canadian Studies. 21 (4): 423–448. doi:10.1080/02722019109481098.  ^ Flyvbjerg, Bent; Stewart, Allison; Budzier, Alexander (2016). The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games. Oxford: Saïd Business School Working Papers (Oxford: University of Oxford). pp. 9–13. SSRN 2804554 .  ^ Bauch, Hubert (September 14, 2000). "Taillibert: blame Ottawa, Quebec". The Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. Retrieved 2017-12-07.  ^ Bauch, Hubert (September 14, 2000). "Taillibert: blame Ottawa, Quebec". The Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. Retrieved 2017-12-07.  ^ Bauch, Hubert (September 14, 2000). "Taillibert: blame Ottawa, Quebec". The Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. Retrieved 2017-12-07.  ^ Bauch, Hubert (September 14, 2000). "Taillibert: blame Ottawa, Quebec". The Montreal
Montreal
Gazette. Retrieved 2017-12-07.  ^ Cérémonie d'ouverture. City of Montreal
Montreal
website (in French) ^ Video of the ceremony . Youtube ^ CBC sign-on, sign-off video from 1987. Youtube ^ Arthur Takacs. Sixty Olympic Years. montrealolympics.com ^ Video on YouTube ^ "Onischenko pushes the button and oversteps boundaries for fencing glory". Olympic Channel.  ^ This has often been reported as fact as early as 1977, but never verified by the Olympics authorities. For example, see Young, Dick. "THE BARBIE DOLL SOAP OPERA". New York Daily News. reprinted in Best Sports Stories 1977. p. 47. Retrieved July 25, 2012. I have it on the strongest authority that Princess Anne did not have to submit to a sex test to compete in the Olympic Equestrian events.  ^ "Fujimoto caps Japanese success", BBC, September 29, 2000 ^ Plautz, Jason. "The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal". mentalfloss.com.  ^ Official Report of the Organising Committee 1978, p. 116. ^ "Doping Scandal of East Germany in the 1970s". YouTube.  ^ CBC News (November 8, 2009). "Stasi dumped syringes in St. Lawrence in 1976: report". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 13, 2016.  ^ a b "Africa and the XXIst Olympiad" (PDF). Olympic Review. IOC. 1976. Retrieved April 3, 2006.  ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY 17 1976: African countries boycott Olympics". London: News.bbc.co.uk. July 17, 1976. Retrieved October 21, 2008.  ^ "The Montreal
Montreal
Olympics boycott NZHistory.net.nz, New Zealand history online". Nzhistory.net.nz. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008.  ^ CBC News (December 19, 2006). "Quebec's Big Owe stadium debt is over". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved October 21, 2008.  ^ Matthew Grillo (July 12, 2016). "Nadia Comaneci to watch Jeux du Québec and attend Montreal
Montreal
Olympics anniversary". Global News. Global.ca. 

References[edit]

Proulx, Daniel; Mollitt, J. James (1969). Chantigny, Louis, ed. The Official Report of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXI Olympiad (PDF). Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Organizing Committee of the Games of the XXI Olympiad. 

Volume 1 Part 1 (up to page 279) Volume 1 Part 1 (from page 280) Volume 2 Volume 3

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" Montreal
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1976". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee.  "Results and Medalists". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee.  1976: African countries boycott Olympics Official site by senior members of the Montreal
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Games Organizing Committee "NFB gives viewers a look into the 1976 Summer Olympics
1976 Summer Olympics
in Montreal". Montreal
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Gazette. July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 

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