Here is an interesting clip from an Olympic Timeline from the 1972 Winter Games. Things changed after Brundage left:
"Retiring IOC president Avery Brundage threatens to disqualify 40 Alpine skiers for taking money from ski product manufacturers. He ultimately makes an example of just one skier, barring Austrian Karl Schranz.
Adding to the controversy, the United States, the Soviet Union, and others have been routinely circumventing the IOC's amateur code for decades, with no consequences. The Soviets have been paying their athletes for jobs they never actually perform, while the Americans have handed out athletic scholarships to thousands of athletes.
Canada boycotts the Games, in protest of Eastern European "state amateurs."
Norway's Magne Myrmo becomes the last athlete to win a cross-country skiing event using all-wooden skis.
The Soviet Union maintains its lock at the top of the Winter Games standing.
Read more: Olympics Timeline: 1950s to the 1980s — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/olympicstimeline2.html#ixzz23RcZ8fvB
post edited by kland01s - 2012/08/13 13:01:17