Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

From 1956 till 1991, in the Soviet Union once every four years they held the Sports Festival of the Peoples of the USSR.

Looking at these photographs taken by American journalist Stan Wayman in 1963, you understand that although rockets have nothing to do with sports, that year thay became the highlight of the show! Apparently, Soviet people were so inspired by their successes in space exploration, that they couldn’t but remind to the world about it each time it was possible.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Ready! Steady!

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Go!

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

The stadium is lined with rockets like with fir trees.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

That’s really impressing!

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

They even performed their sports tricks on rockets!

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Ladies are wearing something like pilot’s suits.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

And this lady is in a space suit.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

‘Glory’.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Traditionally, there was a performance by dance groups wearing national costumes.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Kids are dancing too.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

Similar events were held in other republics of the Soviet Union. These are ladies from Estonia, for example.

Rocket Sports Festival In The USSR

And this looks like one of the Baltic republics.

via visualhistory

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