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Misha The Bear And Brezhnev At The 1980 Moscow Olympics

Thirty-four years before the Winter Games in Sochi, the Soviet Union played host to the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Here is a look back at the opening ceremonies on July 19, 1980. (8 PHOTOS)

Dozens of performers are dressed as Misha, the Olympic mascot, at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow during the opening ceremonies.
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Dozens of performers are dressed as Misha, the Olympic mascot, at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow during the opening ceremonies.

Hundreds of participants create a giant hammer and sickle emblem in the stands.
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Hundreds of participants create a giant hammer and sickle emblem in the stands.

Leonid Brezhnev greets participants and guests during the opening ceremonies.
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Leonid Brezhnev greets participants and guests during the opening ceremonies.

Performers arrive in a Roman-style chariot.
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Performers arrive in a Roman-style chariot.

The Olympic flame is seen in its cauldron at Luzhniki Stadium.
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The Olympic flame is seen in its cauldron at Luzhniki Stadium.

Misha the Bear floats over the performers.
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Misha the Bear floats over the performers.

Fireworks explode over the closing ceremony on August 3, 1980.
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Fireworks explode over the closing ceremony on August 3, 1980.

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