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The last time Russia hosted the Olympics, the United States was absent from the competitions. President Jimmy Carter notified the Olympic committee that he couldn’t support an Olympic team with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan underway.

Thirty-four years later, Olympic athlete Debbie Landreth Brown, one of 466 athletes who didn't compete, speaks of her shock and disappointment. Tonight on Nightly News Brian Williams tells their stories of heartbreak and ultimate triumph.