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Reflections in 1988 Seoul Olympic Sculpture Park

World Peace Gate; USA finished third in medal count behind Soviet Union and East Germany mainly due to extensive state-sponsored doping programs that were developed in these communist countries to fulfill their political agendas on an international stage

World Peace Gate; USA finished third in medal count behind Soviet Union and East Germany mainly due to extensive state-sponsored doping programs that were developed in these communist countries to fulfill their political agendas on an international stage

Bowling was held as a demonstration sport, with Kwon Jong Yul of South Korea and Arianne Cerdeña from the Philippines winning the men's and women's gold medals, respectively

Bowling was held as a demonstration sport, with Kwon Jong Yul of South Korea and Arianne Cerdeña from the Philippines winning the men's and women's gold medals, respectively

The 123 story Lotte World Tower seen from the Olympic Park; the building is the tallest in South Korea and currently the 5th tallest in the world

The 123 story Lotte World Tower seen from the Olympic Park; the building is the tallest in South Korea and currently the 5th tallest in the world

Walk on the Horse, Croatia; Aruba, American Samoa, Brunei, Cook Islands, Maldives, Vanuatu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and South Yemen made their first Olympic appearance at these Games

Walk on the Horse, Croatia; Aruba, American Samoa, Brunei, Cook Islands, Maldives, Vanuatu, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and South Yemen made their first Olympic appearance at these Games

Ring-necked pheasant; live doves were released during the opening ceremony as a symbol of world peace, but a number of the doves were burned alive or suffered major trauma by the lighting of the Olympic cauldron

Ring-necked pheasant; live doves were released during the opening ceremony as a symbol of world peace, but a number of the doves were burned alive or suffered major trauma by the lighting of the Olympic cauldron

Knife sculpture, Germany; Riddick Bowe of the US lost a controversial match in the finals to future world heavyweight champion, Canadian Lennox Lewis

Knife sculpture, Germany; Riddick Bowe of the US lost a controversial match in the finals to future world heavyweight champion, Canadian Lennox Lewis

Carl Lewis won the 100 meters in a new world record time and added a silver in the 200 meters and a gold in the long jump; Janet Evans won 3 gold medals in swimming

Carl Lewis won the 100 meters in a new world record time and added a silver in the 200 meters and a gold in the long jump; Janet Evans won 3 gold medals in swimming

These were the last Olympic Games for the Soviet Union and East Germany; the Soviets dominated, winning 55 gold and 132 total medals

These were the last Olympic Games for the Soviet Union and East Germany; the Soviets dominated, winning 55 gold and 132 total medals

160 nations competed in the Games of the XXIV Olympiad celebrated from September 17 to October 2, 1988; the motto was Harmony and Progress

160 nations competed in the Games of the XXIV Olympiad celebrated from September 17 to October 2, 1988; the motto was Harmony and Progress

Mobile fountain, Belgium; Flach and Seguso won gold in men's doubles while Zina Garrison and Pam Shriver won gold in ladies' doubles

Mobile fountain, Belgium; Flach and Seguso won gold in men's doubles while Zina Garrison and Pam Shriver won gold in ladies' doubles

Encounters in Time and Space, Puerto Rico; Steffi Graf completed the Golden Slam, the only player to ever do so, by winning the gold medal and all 4 Grand Slam events in 1988

Encounters in Time and Space, Puerto Rico; Steffi Graf completed the Golden Slam, the only player to ever do so, by winning the gold medal and all 4 Grand Slam events in 1988

Canadian Ben Johnson won the 100 m final with a new world record, but was disqualified after he tested positive for stanozolol

Canadian Ben Johnson won the 100 m final with a new world record, but was disqualified after he tested positive for stanozolol

Dialogue, Algeria; Florence Griffith Joyner won the 100 and 200 meters while Jackie Joyner Kersee won the heptathlon and long jump

Dialogue, Algeria; Florence Griffith Joyner won the 100 and 200 meters while Jackie Joyner Kersee won the heptathlon and long jump

The park rabbits were very used to visitors; these were the first Olympic games held in mainland Asia and escaped the mass boycotts of the prior Olympiads with only North Korea and Cuba boycotting

The park rabbits were very used to visitors; these were the first Olympic games held in mainland Asia and escaped the mass boycotts of the prior Olympiads with only North Korea and Cuba boycotting

Full moon over Olympic Park; these were the first Olympic games for tennis after a 64 year absence

Full moon over Olympic Park; these were the first Olympic games for tennis after a 64 year absence

Sky for Nirvana, Korea; Christa Luding-Rothenburger of East Germany became the first (and only) athlete to win Olympic medals at the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics in the same year (cycling silver and speed skating gold)

Sky for Nirvana, Korea; Christa Luding-Rothenburger of East Germany became the first (and only) athlete to win Olympic medals at the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics in the same year (cycling silver and speed skating gold)

Tai chi Gate, Taipei; U.S. diver Greg Louganis won back-to-back titles in both diving events despite hitting his head on the springboard in the third round and suffering a concussion

Tai chi Gate, Taipei; U.S. diver Greg Louganis won back-to-back titles in both diving events despite hitting his head on the springboard in the third round and suffering a concussion

Anthony Nesty of Suriname won his country's first Olympic medal in the 100 m butterfly, scoring an upset victory over Matt Biondi by .01 of a second; he was also the first black person to win an individual swimming gold

Anthony Nesty of Suriname won his country's first Olympic medal in the 100 m butterfly, scoring an upset victory over Matt Biondi by .01 of a second; he was also the first black person to win an individual swimming gold

Extraterrestrial, Algeria; almost 8400 athletes competed in 237 events in 23 sports

Extraterrestrial, Algeria; almost 8400 athletes competed in 237 events in 23 sports

Brad Gilbert won the bronze medal in tennis while Tim Mayotte took home the silver; Zina Garrison brought the bronze medal in singles back to Houston

Brad Gilbert won the bronze medal in tennis while Tim Mayotte took home the silver; Zina Garrison brought the bronze medal in singles back to Houston

This was the last time the U.S. was represented by a basketball team that did not feature NBA players; they won the bronze after being defeated by the Soviet Union (represented by veteran professionals) which went on to win the gold

This was the last time the U.S. was represented by a basketball team that did not feature NBA players; they won the bronze after being defeated by the Soviet Union (represented by veteran professionals) which went on to win the gold

Sacrifice of Isaac II, Israel; the sculpture park features 200  works from artists from around the world and made for an enjoyable walk

Sacrifice of Isaac II, Israel; the sculpture park features 200+ works from artists from around the world and made for an enjoyable walk

Seoul Baekje Museum; Chris Evert was upset in the round of 16 by unheralded Raffaella Reggi of Italy

Seoul Baekje Museum; Chris Evert was upset in the round of 16 by unheralded Raffaella Reggi of Italy

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