The Friendship Games, or Friendship-84 (Russian: Дружба-84, Druzhba-84), was an international multi-sport event held between 2 July and 16 September 1984 in the Soviet Union and eight other socialist states which boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Although Friendship Games officials denied that the Games were to be a counter-Olympic event to avoid conflicts with the International Olympic Committee, the competition was often dubbed the Eastern Bloc's "alternative Olympics". The USSR had also tried to found a alternate Olympiad between the 1st and 2nd World War with Spartakiad.
- East Germany
- Great Britain
- North Korea
- South Yemen
- Soviet Union
- United States
- West Germany
- Field hockey
- Modern pentathlon
- Table tennis
- Water polo
The following table is based on statistics from the books Na olimpijskim szlaku 1984 and Gwiazdy sportu '84 and does not include sambo wrestling results.
The Goodwill GamesEdit
The Summer Goodwill gamesEdit
This event spawned the Goodwill Games.
The Seychelles and the Bahamas amongst the new competing nations. Estonia, Kazakhstan and Russia were amongst the ex-Soviet states in it.
Trampolining and Taekwondo were among the new sports added.
|1986 Goodwill Games I||1986||Moscow||USSR||3,000 athletes and 79 countries|
|1990 Goodwill Games II||1990||Seattle||USA||2,300 athletes and 54 countries|
|1994 Goodwill Games III||1994||Saint Petersburg||Russia||2,000 athletes and 59 countries|
|1998 Goodwill Games IV||1998||New York City||USA||1,300 athletes and 60 countries|
|2001 Goodwill Games V||2001||Brisbane||Australia||Final edition- 1,300 athletes and nations N/A, beyond obviously Australia as host and Russia as moral founder of the games.|
|VI||2005||Phoenix, Arizona||USA||Games cancelled|
The Winter Goodwill GamesEdit
|2000 Goodwill Winter Games I||2000||Lake Placid, New York||USA||Only Winter Goodwill Games held. Contestants and nations N/A, beyond obviously the USA as host and Russia as moral founder of the games.|
|II||2005||Calgary, Alberta||Canada||Games cancelled|
- The sorts included were-
- Alpine skiing
- Cross country running
- Figure skating
- At the 2000 Games, the figure skating event featured professional skaters because of conflicts with Olympic-eligible skaters competing in their national championships. This enabled France's Surya Bonaly to become the only skater in history to win the same event as both an amateur and professional skater as she also won in 1994.
- Freestyle skiing
- Nordic combined
- Ski jumping
- Speed skating