Nation: On Your Marks, Get Set, Stop!

Carter's drive may keep U.S. out of Moscow Games

It had been launched as a trial balloon—and it took off almost immediately. By week's end the White House campaign had gathered so much momentum that there may be no American athletes competing for Olympic medals in Moscow this summer.

As the Administration gradually increased the pressure for a boycott in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, alarmed officials of the U.S. Olympic Committee tried in vain to stop the campaign, pleading that sports should not be used to promote political ends. But Carter, appearing on Meet the Press at the beginning...

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