Russia's ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea won't lead to a boycott by Moscow. According to the Kremlin, Russian athletes will be able to compete under a neutral flag. More than 30 years ago, however, Moscow's approach to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles was much tougher, with athletes from the USSR and most Eastern Bloc countries staying home.
“It was like a bolt from the blue. The storm clouds had been gathering, but still, it was abrupt and sudden. The first feeling was as if the Earth had opened wide and everything fell into it; as if there was a vacuum around me. The goal that I had worked toward over several years suddenly disappeared… It was not clear what would happen next,” this is how Vladimir Salnikov, a Russian swimmer and four-time Olympic champion who was nicknamed, “Monster of the Waves,” described his emotions when he heard the news about Moscow's boycott of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.