Olympics – 1980 – Special – USA Road To Moscow – Jane Frederick + Kayak Team + Al Oerter

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1980 Olympic Special was aired in advance of US President Jimmy Carter’s unpopular decision to let politics enter the Olympics Games by boycotting the Moscow Olympics….while denying all USA Olympic Team athletes from competing in something they had been training for during the four years prior to the 1980 Olympics.  Prior MLB…

Olympics – 1984 L A Games – Boxing – Flywts & Lt Flywts & Super Flywts – Diving Men’s 3m

DOG ASIDE:     ABC’s afternoon telecast of Day 10 of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games featured three (3) boxing matches….which were all called by legendary boxing commentator Howar Cosell…..with the 1st televised match being a flyweight bout between USA Steve McCrory vs. MAW Peter Ayesu….as McCrory would win this match by unanimous decision…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – USA Sprinter Evelyn Ashford

DOG ASIDE: Evelyn Ashford (born April 15, 1957 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American retired track and field athlete….and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic champion in the 100-meter dash….as she ran under the 11-second barrier over 30 times….becoming the first to run under 11 seconds in an Olympic Games.  As a 19-year-old, Ashford finished 5th in the…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – ABC Profile – 400m Hurdler USA Edwin Moses

DOG COMMENTARY: Bone Daddy was at the Los Angeles Coliseum on the day that USA Edwin Moses won the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics…..as BD refers to seeing him win his 2nd Olympic gold medal as one of the great moments in his career as a Sportsphile seeing live sporting events…..for Moses…

Olympics – 1980 Road To Moscow – Canoeist Angus Morrison & Kayaker Ann Turner

DOG ASIDE: Angus Gault Morrison (born March 11, 1952) is an American retired slalom and sprint canoeist….who competed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He finished tenth in the C-1 slalom event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich….and four years later at the 1976 Montreal Games….Morrison was eliminated in the repechages of the C-1 500m…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – Special – Road To Moscow – USA Pentathlete Jane Fredericks

DOG ASIDE: Jane Wardell Frederick (born April 7, 1952) is a former heptathlete from the United States….who set the first official world record in the women’s heptathlon….by gaining a total number of 6104 points on April 24, 1981 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California.  Frederick had been one of the many 1980 USS…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – Special – Road To Moscow – Australia Swimmer Tracy Wickham

DOG ASIDE: ABC did some wonderful profiles of many athletes who competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics….as this video piece provides proof in the pudding….for it gives the viewer what it is like to compete on a world stage….and what it is like to be a big fish in a small pond….a world class…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – Modern Pentathlon – USA Pentathletes Prepare for Games

DOG ASIDE: This video gives the viewer an inside look at American athletes training for the Olympic Modern Pentathlon at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX…..for it was decided in 1955….by the Department of Defense….that the Army Base at Ft. Sam (that’s what we Texans call it) would become the national training center for…

Olympics – 1980 Moscow – US Athletes In Crisis – President Jimmy Carter Boycotts

DOG ASIDE: On April 12, 1980….President Jimmy Carter announces that the U.S. will boycott the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Moscow that summer. The announcement came after the Soviet Union failed to comply with Carter’s February 20, 1980, deadline to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.  The Soviet military invaded Afghanistan in 1979 to…