SEOUL - South Korea
The Korean capital that hosted the 24th Olympic games was also the stronghold of a dictatorship, an embarrassment to many Koreans who made pledged international friendship and openness to the world. As it turned out the Korean games were among the finest of the last few decades. The Koreans made great efforts to ensure their success. Seoul was transformed for the occasion, not only architecturally but also politically.These games revealed the swimmers Matt Biondi, Tomas Darnyi, Janet Evans and Kristyn Otto, and confirmed the talents of Carl Lewis and Florence Griffith Joyner's short-lived supremacy.On the eve of their collapse East Germany and the Soviet Union once again demonstrated their domination of international sport.