The 1976 Games were the first in North America since 1932 and were plagued by political and financial problems as well as the memory of the terrorist incident from the previous games.
6,084 (4,824 men, 1,260 women) competitors from 92 nations (20 fewer than the previous Olympics) participated in 21 sports and 198 events over a fortnight. USSR won the Gold medal tally with German Democratic Republic 2nd and USA 3rd – their worst result. New Zealand’s participation in the Games after an All Blacks Rugby tour of South Africa upset many countries – 24 nations boycotted (22 African).
Montreal’s star, and one of the most celebrated in Olympic history, was 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. She scored the first perfect 10.00 in an Olympic event in the uneven bars during the team competition and then went on to record seven perfect scores at the Games. Comaneci won three gold, including the all-around title, a silver and a bronze, her success eclipsing the efforts of the Soviet Union’s Olga Korbut, who was gymnastics’ glamour girl at the previous Olympics.
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