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A dream denied

Latham native recalls how U.S. boycott dashed his hopes in 1980

Jamie McFarland of Glenville made the 1980 Olympic Volleyball team but did not compete in Moscow that year because of the U.S. boycott of the Olympics. Here MacFarland is seen with his Olympic team jersey at the Parkside "Y" on Monday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Jamie McFarland of Glenville made the 1980 Olympic Volleyball team but did not compete in Moscow that year because of the U.S. boycott of the Olympics. Here MacFarland is seen with his Olympic team jersey at the Parkside "Y" on Monday afternoon.
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Jamie MacFarland has had 34 years to reflect on the consequences of mixing sports with politics, and his feelings haven’t changed much. It was in January 1980 when MacFarland, a Latham native, learned that his dream of competing in volleyball in the Summer Olympics, held that year in Moscow, would not come to fruition because President Jimmy Carter announced that all U.S. teams and athletes would boycott the Games due to the Soviet Union’s invasion ...


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