The 1976 summer Olympics were the first held in Canada. Many remember 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Finnish distance runner, Lasse Viren, Leon and Michael Spinks, and Sugar Ray Leonard. These athletes, and the American men’s basketball team, took home gold medals.
1976 was also the first year for women’s Olympic basketball. Peoria native Charlotte Lewis teamed with Ann Meyers and Nancy Lieberman to capture the silver medal.