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Double nationality

Angelo Parisi had the peculiar honour of winning four Olympic judo medals between 1972 and 1984 while holding two different passports. Born in Italy but raised in London he won the bronze medal in the "all categories" for Britain in 1972. He then met and married a French woman, allowing him to obtain French nationality. Competing under the tricolour he became the first French Olympic judo champion, in the heavyweight division, and added a silver medal to his tally in the all categories division. In 1984, he won another silver, this time as a heavyweight.


Soviet gymnast Alexandre Ditiatine won a medal in all eight events he took part in with three gold, four silver and one bronze. To crown this acheivement he also became the first man to be awarded a perfect ten.


American tv channel NBC were in a flap after the US boycotted the 1980 Games having paid almost 100 million dollars for broadcasting rights. English insurers Lloyds were the eventual losers, paying NBC almost 90 percent of that fee after NBC claimed on an insurance package.


During the opening ceremony 65 delegations paraded behind their national flag with 16 exchanging their national colours for the Olympic flag, a signal of peace.


All Soviet children between the ages of 7-15 were evacuated from Moscow. Officially, they were "on holiday" in the countryside. But other sources confirmed that they had been sent away so as not to encounter, and thus become culturally or politically "contaminated", by the western visitors.


The participation of numerous countries without an accompanying national flag or hymn resulted in comical podium presentations. Thus at the end of the cycling event, the sole flag flying was the Olympic flag, and the only anthem playing was the Olympic anthem - all to represent the Swiss Robert Dill-Bundi, the Frenchman Alain Bondue and the Dane Hans Henrik Orsted.

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