The Goodwill Games was an international sports competition, launched by Ted Turner in reaction to the problems surrounding the Olympic Games in the 1980s, when the Western countries to the invasion of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan with a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow responded and the USSR in turn boycotted the Games in 1984 in Los Angeles.
The first Goodwill Games 1986 were held in Moscow in 182 sports with more than 3,000 athletes. In these games, there were by Serhiy Bubka and Jackie Joyner-Kersee world records in the pole vault and heptathlon. World records were also in Seattle in 1990 in the 200-meter breaststroke by Michael Barrowman and 10 - km walk.
The 1994 Games were held in St. Petersburg, when the Soviet Union was replaced by Russia as an organizer. There were 5 world records in weightlifting, and the games were the first major competition was held at the beach volleyball as a sport.
Ted Turner's final games were in 1998 in New York City discharged with the historic win of Jackie Joyner-Kersee heptathlon, as she won her fourth title. In addition, the U.S. 4 x 400 - meter relay world record ran. The games were later sold by Turner to Time Warner, the Goodwill Games 2001 organized in Brisbane, before then the end of the Goodwill Games announced.
Summer Goodwill Games
Winter Goodwill Games
- 2000 - Lake Placid
- 2005 - Calgary ( canceled )