Summer Games Gallery at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
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The Olympic and Paralympic Games bring us not only some of the top athletic achievements in sports, but they are also some of the most important moments in history.

The Summer Games gallery is dedicated to telling stories of summer sports, relying on physical and digital elements to do so.

Guests enjoy a variety of items in the Summer Games gallery.

In this gallery, guests find historically significant artifacts and have the chance to see the RFID and digital technology come to life.

Summer Games Gallery - Sports

The gallery contains an interactive wall with in-depth information on each Olympic and Paralympic sport, so guests learn about their current favorite sports and leave with new ones.

Learn how the 1980 Moscow Games marked a significant first in Olympic history

Members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Diving Team, wearing plaid shirts, jeans and cowboy hats, pose in front of the U.S. Capitol during a visit to Washington

On March 21, 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States would boycott the Moscow Games. Not sending a delegation to the Moscow Games prevented many athletes from having an opportunity to compete in the Olympic Games. Instead, athletes were presented the Congressional Gold Medal during a White House visit that summer.

Learn more about how the 1980 Summer Olympics marked a significant first in Olympic history at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum.

Must-see artifacts in the Summer Games gallery

Chuck Aoki's rugby wheelchair

Chuck Aoki handles the ball during a wheelchair rugby match

The film “Murderball” inspired long-time wheelchair basketball player Chuck Aoki to turn to the sport, where he would eventually become one of Team USA’s most impactful wheelchair rugby players.

Shannon Miller's scrunchie

See Shannon Miller's scrunchie at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

Learn why it was such a tough decision for Shannon Miller to donate the scrunchie she wore for every major competition during the peak of her career.

The running prosthesis of John Register

See John Register's running prosthesis at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

After an injury, John Register became a two-sport Paralympian, setting an American long jump record and winning the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.




Featured Athletes

Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller won five medals in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and returned four years later to lead the United States to the team all-around gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

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Carl Lewis

One of the world’s greatest athletes ever, Carl Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals, including four consecutive gold medals in the long jump.

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