1988 Summer Olympics

Hodori, the official mascot of the 1988 Summer...

Hodori, the official mascot of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of XXIV Olympiad were an international multi-sport event. The Olympics were held from 9/17/1988 to 10/2/1988 in Seoul, South Korea, marking the second time that the Summer Games were held in Asia. The opening ceremony was opened by President Roh Tae-Woo. During the games, approximately 8500 athletes participated, representing 159 countries.

Hosting the Olympics presented an opportunity to bring international attention to South Korea who at the time was still at war with North Korea. North Korea actually boycotted the games. During the Summer games there numerous and varies scandals. The entire Bulgarian weightlifting team was sent home after two of its athletes won gold medals only to test positive for steroids. And along with them the Canadian champion of 100-meter run, Ben Johnson were disqualified for his use of steroids, making the 1988 summer Olympics the first to disqualify an athlete due to drug/steroid use.

During the Summer games, the most gold medals were won by Kristin Otton, who won 6 gold metal in swimming. Because Ben Johnson was disqualified, Carl Lewis was named the winner in the 100-meter dash and teammate Florence Griffith Joyner from the United States claimed four medals-gold in the 100, 200 and 4x 100 meter relay and a silver in the 4×400 relay. She also attracted attention with her flamboyant outfits. Her sister-in-law, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, won the long jump and heptathlon.

The summer Olympics was a time for firsts: all three medalists winners in equestrian dressage were women and it was the first time for table tennis. Seoul witnessed the largest participation in any Olympics  as of that date.

 

 

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