Memories from Montreal: Bruce Jenner and other stars from the 1976 Olympic Games
The recent media coverage of Bruce Jenner and his involvement with the Kardashian clan makes it easy to forget his illustrious Olympic history. In fact, Jenner was one of the biggest stars of the 1976 Summer Olympics, amassing a then-world record 8,616 points to win decathlon gold. The victory turned Jenner into an American hero, and he was celebrated on Wheaties boxes nationwide. But Jenner wasn't the only athlete to shine at the Montreal Games. Check out these other Olympic stars from 1976.
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The perfect 10 - Nadia Comaneci
Fourteen-year-old Nadia Comaneci of Romania was awarded the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastic competition, and went on to win three gold medals.
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Taking back the court
After a controversial gold-medal game loss in the 1972 Olympics, the USA men's basketball team, which was coached by North Carolina's Dean Smith and included four Tar Heel players (including Phil Ford, pictured), rebounded to take back the gold in Montreal.
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Juantorena proves double trouble
No one had won the 400 and 800 double before. Then came Cuba's Alberto Juantorena. Powerful at 6-foot-3, Juantorena was famous for his long strides. He set world records in both races in Montreal.
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Cuba's Teofilo Stevenson burst on the amateur boxing scene when he stopped USA's Duane Bobick in the third round of their bout in Munich in 1972. Proving that was no fluke, Stevenson came back in Montreal and pummeled four opponents, including John Tate from the USA, en route to his second of three golds.
No hurdle too high for Moses
Edwin Moses ruled the 400-meter hurdles race for a decade. He captured the first of his two gold medals Montreal in 1976 in a world record time of 47.63 seconds.
Michael Spinks grabs the gold
The United States boxing team had a feast in Montreal, picking up their share of the medal haul. One of the champs who went on to greater fame was Michael Spinks, who stopped Rufat Riskiyev of the then-Soviet Union in the third round for the top honors.
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Leon Spinks pounds way to top of podium
Leon Spinks was not going to be upstaged by his brother, Michael, in Montreal. Leon knocked down Sixto Soria of Cuba en route to winning the gold. Of course, Leon Spinks gained greater fame less than two years later when he stunned Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight championship of the world.
Sugar Ray puts on a dazzling display
Perhaps the most glamorous fighter on the star-studded roster was 'Sugar' Ray Leonard, who won gold as a light welterweight in Montreal. To say Leonard was dominant would be an understatement. He captured each of his bouts by 5-0 decisions from the judges.
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Howard Davis Jr. (pictured) and Leo Randolph also picked up gold medals in Montreal. The U.S. team's performance is generally regarded as the best by an amateur squad from this country.
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Long-distance runner Lasse Viren of Finland captured gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000m in Munich in 1972, and then doubled his gold medal count four years later, running to victory in the same races again in Montreal.
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Bruce Jenner celebrates his decathlon gold medal win next to West German silver medalist Guido Kratschmer (left) and USSR's Nikolay Avilov. Jenner's athletic feat made him a household name in the States. Decades later he became a household name for different reasons, garnering headlines for his reality show affiliation and gender transformation.