Lake Placid (1980)
48 years after FDR welcomed "representatives of many of our sister nations to this the opening of the third Winter Olympic Games," Vice President Walter Mondale, a fellow Democrat, kicked off the 1980 contest. To guarantee that all events took place in the best possible conditions – but really to avoid an Innsbruck in '64-style panic – artificial snow was introduced for the first time in Olympic history. Overheard throughout the telecast at left is an electronic reworking of the contest's theme song, "Give It All You Got," which trumpeter (and Rochester native) Chuck Mangione later performed live at the Closing Ceremonies. But for this clip's real treat, flash forward to 4:53. Say what you will about the controversial Ralph Lauren-designed Team U.S.A. outfits for 2014, but in our minds, nothing will ever surpass those boots, Stetsons and fur-lined cruiser jackets. Yee-haw!