Russia allowed to compete in Helsinki Games

After years of tension and war the Soviet Union was banned from the Olympics starting after the 1912 games and ending on May 7, 1951.  The country was permitted to be a part of the 1952 Helsinki games in Finland. Russia rejoining the world in celebration was a big deal, and the world treated it as such. The Olympic team from representing the United states even used the new competition as part of a campaign to raise money.

As the games began the Soviet team had separated its self from the rest of the world. The original plan was to have the team stay in Leningrad, a city in their home country, and fly the athletes in every day. As flawless as this plan sounds, plan B was put into action and the ‘Easter bloc’ countries had their Olympic Village in Otaniemi, Finland. The celebration of togetherness got the best of the Soviet team, and they let other athletes into their village by the end of the games.

The Soviets won a total of 71 metals, of those 22 were gold, 30 were silver and 19 were bronze. The United States narrowly beat off embarrassment with 76 metals. The count consisted of 40 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze.

East Germany had also asked to be a part of the games and were denied admission, so only West Germany was represented in the Helsinki games.

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