Old photo from 1980


This old photograph was given to me during my recent trip to Russia. It was taken after the 1980 Olympiad’s medal presentation where the USSR  team won gold.  I remember us posing for photographs but have never seen this one before and was very pleased to get it.

USSR 1980 Olympic water polo team

Prior to the ceremony whilst in a change room after the final match (against the Yugoslav team) we all had a bit of champagne. Somebody had ‘smuggled’ in several bottles through security ‘cordons’ and stored them in lockers prior to the last game in case there was a good reason to have a drink. In the change room we were hugging and congratulating each other, and that champagne sip was most enjoyable as was the occasion.

About Erkin Эркин Shagaev Шагаев
European, world, Olympic champion, two times World Cup winner Чемпион Европы, мира, Олимпийских игр, двукратный обладатель Кубка мира

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