Olympics: A Warsaw Pact Picnic

Eastern Europeans prevail in the Games, but Britannia makes waves

When the 22nd Olympiad closed Sunday, much of the world sighed with relief. The host Soviets had been afraid everything would go wrong. The boycotting Americans had feared everything would go right. And the rest of the free world fretted about whether they should have participated or stayed at home. The oldtime innocence was gone; politics had once again impinged on sport.

The absence of so many world-class athletes made for a pleasing unpredictability in Moscow. A judo competitor from the tiny Republic of...

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