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| cauldron = Rafer Johnson| stadium = Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum1980 Summer Olympics>Moscow 19801988 Summer Olympics>Seoul 19881984 Winter Olympics>Sarajevo 19841988 Winter Olympics>Calgary 1988}}{{1984 Summer Olympics}}The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held from July 28 to August 12, 1984, in Los Angeles, United States. This was the second time that Los Angeles had hosted the Games, the first being in 1932.California was the home state of the incumbent U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who officially opened the Games. The logo for the 1984 Games, branded "Stars in Motion", featured red, white and blue stars arranged horizontally and struck through with alternating streaks.The official mascot of the Games was Sam the Olympic Eagle. These were the first Summer Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch.The 1984 Games were boycotted by a total of fourteen Eastern Bloc countries, including the Soviet Union and East Germany, in response to the American-led boycott of the previous 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; Romania was the only Eastern Bloc nation that opted to attend the Games. Iran and Libya also chose to boycott the Games for unrelated reasons. Despite the field being depleted in certain sports due to the boycott, 140 National Olympic Committees took part, which was a record at the time.NEWS, NO BOYCOTT BLUES,weblink olympic.org, January 6, 2017, WEB,weblink Games of the XXIII Olympiad, International Olympic Committee, August 31, 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080830223138weblink">weblink August 30, 2008, no, The 1984 Summer Olympics are widely considered to be the most financially successful modern OlympicsNEWS,weblink LA the Best Site, Bid Group Insists; Olympics: Despite USOC rejection, July 25, 2004, Los Angeles Times, August 17, 2008, Alan, Abrahamson, and served as an example of how to run the model Olympic Games commercially. As a result of low construction costs, coupled with a reliance on private corporate {{nowrap|funding,NEWS,weblink Spokesman-Review, (Spokane, Washington), Associated Press, Clarke, Norm, It's official: Sponsors help pay for Olympics, April 7, 1984, 18, }} the 1984 Olympic Games generated a profit of more than $250 million.On July 18, 2009, a 25th anniversary celebration was held in the main Olympic Stadium. The celebration included a speech by the former president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Peter Ueberroth, and a re-creation of the lighting of the cauldron. Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2028.

Host selection

After the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists in Munich (1972), the significant financial debts of Montreal (1976), and boycotts, few cities by the late 1970s were willing to bid for the Summer Olympics. Only two cities (Tehran and Los Angeles) made serious bids for the 1984 Summer Games, but before the final selection of a "winning" city in 1978, the bid from Tehran was withdrawn as a result of Iran's policy changes following the Iranian Revolution and a change in the country's ruling system. Hence, the selection process for the 1984 Summer Olympics consisted of a single finalized bid from Los Angeles, which the International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepted. The selection was officially made at the 80th IOC Session in Athens on 18 May 1978.WEB,weblink Past Olympic host city election results, GamesBids, 13 November 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110124022022weblink">weblink 24 January 2011, yes, Los Angeles had unsuccessfully bid for the two previous Summer Olympics, for 1976 and 1980. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) had submitted at least one bid for every Olympics since 1944, but had not succeeded since the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932, the previous time only a single bid had been issued for the Summer Olympics.{{see also|#Success of Los Angeles as host city|l1=Success of Los Angeles as host city}}

Torch relay

The 1984 Olympic Torch Relay began in New York City and ended in Los Angeles, traversing 33 states and the District of Columbia. Unlike later torch relays, the torch was continuously carried by runners on foot. The route covered more than 9,320 mi (15,000 km) and involved 3,636 runners. Noted athlete O.J. Simpson was among the runners, carrying the torch up the California Incline in Santa Monica. Gina Hemphill, granddaughter of Jesse Owens, carried the torch into the Coliseum, completed a lap around the track, then handed it off to the final runner, Rafer Johnson, winner of the decathlon at the 1960 Summer Olympics. With the torch, he touched off the flame which passed through a specially designed flammable Olympic logo, igniting all five rings. The flame then passed up to cauldron atop the peristyle and remained aflame for the duration of the Games.(File:Olympic Torch Tower of the Los Angeles Coliseum.jpg|thumb|left|The Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)

Music

{{Listen|filename=John Williams Olympic Theme.ogg|title="Olympic Fanfare and Theme"|description=composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra|format=Ogg}}John Williams composed the theme for the Olympiad, "Olympic Fanfare and Theme". This piece won a Grammy for Williams and became one of the most well-known musical themes of the Olympic Games, along with Leo Arnaud's "Bugler's Dream"; the latter is sometimes attached to the beginning of Olympic Fanfare and Theme. Composer Bill Conti also wrote a song to inspire the weightlifters called "Power". An album, The Official Music of the XXIII Olympiad—Los Angeles 1984, featured three of those tracks along with sports themes written for the occasion by popular musical artists including Foreigner, Toto, Loverboy, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Christopher Cross, Philip Glass and Giorgio Moroder.WEB, Various – The Official Music Of The XXIIIrd Olympiad – Los Angeles 1984 (LP) at Discogs,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090201050708weblink">weblink February 1, 2009, no, September 10, 2009, The Brazilian composer Sérgio Mendes also produced a special song for the 1984 Olympic Games, "Olympia," from his 1984 album Confetti. A choir of approximately one thousand voices was assembled of singers in the region. All were volunteers from nearby churches, schools and universities.Etta James performed "When the Saints Go Marching In" at the Opening Ceremony.AV MEDIA,weblink Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Opening Ceremony Complete, September 6, 2014, YouTube, Go to time stamp 29:40 for Etta James' performance. A previously cited Associated Press story (in which James was credited for singing the national anthem) was an AP reporting error. The national anthem was performed by a choir, and James appeared to perform 'When The Saints Go Marching In' later in the ceremony., Vicki McClure along with the International Children's Choir of Long Beach sang "Reach Out and Touch".Lionel Richie performed a 9-minute version of his hit single "All Night Long" at the closing ceremonies.NEWS, Malone, MacKenzie, Tuning into the Games, Watching the Olympics is the next best thing to playing,weblink April 4, 2014, Times Union (Albany), Times Union, July 19, 2012,

Highlights

(File:Los Angeles 1984 poster.png|thumb|right|Official poster of the 1984 Summer Olympics)

Arts Festival

The 1984 Summer Olympics was preceded by the 10-week-long adjunct Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, which opened on June 2 and ended on August 12. It provided more than 400 performances by 146 theater, dance and music companies, representing every continent and 18 countries. It was organized by then-CalArts President Robert Fitzpatrick.

General

  • The opening ceremony featured the arrival of Bill Suitor by means of the Bell Aerosystems rocket pack (also known as a Jet Pack).
  • The United States Army Band formed the Olympic rings to start the opening ceremony.
  • The United States topped the medal count for the first time since 1968, winning a record 83 gold medals and surpassing the Soviet Union’s total of 80 golds at the 1980 Summer Olympics.
  • As a result of an IOC agreement designating the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the name of Chinese Taipei, the People's Republic of China returned to the summer Olympics for the first time since Helsinki 1952. The Military anthem of China was played for both teams during the opening ceremony.
  • Local Los Angeles artist Rodolfo Escalera was commissioned to create nine paintings depicting the Summer Games that would later be turned into collectible plates and presented as "The Official Gift of the 1984 Olympics".
The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee named Ernie Barnes "Sports Artist of the 1984 Olympic Games". LAOOC President Peter V. Ueberroth said Barnes and his art "captured the essence of the Olympics" and "portray the city's ethnic diversity, the power and emotion of sports competition, the singleness of purpose and hopes that go into the making of athletes the world over." Barnes was commissioned to create five Olympic-themed paintings and serve as an official Olympic spokesman to encourage inner city youth.[

Track and field

  • Carl Lewis of the United States, making his first of four appearances at the Olympics, equaled the 1936 performance of Jesse Owens by winning four gold medals, in the 100 m, 200 m, 4 × 100 m relay and long jump.
  • Edwin Moses of the United States won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles 8 years after winning in 1976.
  • Joaquim Cruz of Brazil won the 800 meter run with a time of 1:43.00 to set an Olympic record.
  • Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco became the first female Olympic champion of a Muslim nation—and the first of her country—in the 400 m hurdles.
  • Carlos Lopes, from Portugal, won the Marathon at the age of 37, with a time of 2:09:21, an Olympic record that stood for 24 years. It was the first gold medal ever for Portugal. Gold medal favorite, World Record holder and the then World Champion, Robert de Castella from Australia, finished in 5th place, 1:48 behind Lopes.
  • A marathon for women was held for the first time at the Olympics (won by Joan Benoit of the U.S.). The event was considered notable because of Swiss runner Gabriela Andersen-Schiess, who – suffering from heat exhaustion – stumbled through the last lap, providing dramatic images.
  • Daley Thompson of Great Britain apparently missed a new world record in winning his second consecutive gold medal in the decathlon; the next year his score was retroactively raised to 8847, giving him the record.
  • Sebastian Coe of Great Britain became the first man to win consecutive gold medals in the 1500m.
  • Maricica Puică of Romania won the 3000 meters, known for the Mary Decker vs Zola Budd rivalry. World champion and heavy favorite Decker fell after a controversial collision with Budd. However, Puică had the best annual time at the distance, easily run away from Silver medalist Wendy Sly of Great Britain and appeared to have more to give if it had been necessary. Puică was injured during the very first Track and Field World Championships in Helsinki the year before, in which Decker had won both the 1500 meters and the 3000 meters.Sky Documentary "Mary Decker vs Zola Budd", aired on Danish DR2, 2.August 2018, 23:30 CEST

Other sports

  • The first gold medal to be awarded at the Los Angeles Olympics was also the first-ever medal to be won by an athlete from China when Xu Haifeng won the 50 m Pistol event.
  • Archer Neroli Fairhall from New Zealand was the first paraplegic Olympian at any Olympic Games, coming 35th in the Women's individual event.
  • Synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics debuted in Los Angeles as Olympic events, as did wind surfing.
  • Li Ning from the People's Republic of China won 6 medals in gymnastics, 3 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze, earning him the nickname "Prince of Gymnasts" in China. Li would later light the Olympic Cauldron at the 2008 Olympics.NEWS,weblink Li Ning, "Prince of Gymnasts" and businessman, Nick Mulvenney, August 8, 2008, Reuters,
  • Steve Redgrave of Great Britain won his first title in rowing of the record five he would go on to win in five Olympic competitions.
  • Victor Davis of Canada set a new world record in winning the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in swimming.
  • Mary Lou Retton of the United States became the first gymnast outside Eastern Europe to win the gymnastics all-around competition.
  • In men's gymnastics, the American team won the Gold Medal.
  • France won the Olympic association football (soccer) tournament, defeating Brazil 2–0 in the final. Olympic football was unexpectedly played before massive crowds throughout America, with several sell-outs at the 100,000+ seat Rose Bowl. This interest eventually led to the US hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
  • The Soviet-led boycott affected weightlifting more than any other sport: 94 of the world's top 100 ranked lifters were absent, as were 29 of the 30 medalists from the recent world championships. All 10 of the defending world champions in the 10 weight categories were absent. Success of the Eastern Bloc countries might be explained by state-run doping programs that had been developed there.NEWS,weblink The Soviet Doping Plan: Document Reveals Illicit Approach to '84 Olympics, August 13, 2016, The New York Times, November 13, 2017, en,
  • Future Dream Team members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Chris Mullin were on the team that won the gold medal in basketball. The 1984 US men's Olympic basketball team was coached by Indiana Hoosiers head coach Bobby Knight.
  • Connie Carpenter-Phinney of the United States became the first woman to win an Olympic cycling event when she won the women's individual road race.

Venues

(File:GreatWesternForum.jpg|thumb|The Forum hosted the basketball events)

Los Angeles venues

Southern California venues

Other venues

Cost

The Oxford Olympics Study established the outturn cost of the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics at US$719 million in 2015-dollars.BOOK, 2804554, The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games, Flyvbjerg, Bent, Stewart, Allison, Budzier, Alexander, Saïd Business School Working Papers (Oxford: University of Oxford), 2016, Oxford, 9–13, This includes sports-related costs only, that is, (i) operational costs incurred by the organizing committee for the purpose of staging the Games, e.g., expenditures for technology, transportation, workforce, administration, security, catering, ceremonies, and medical services, and (ii) direct capital costs incurred by the host city and country or private investors to build, e.g., the competition venues, the Olympic village, international broadcast center, and media and press center, which are required to host the Games. Indirect capital costs are not included, such as for road, rail, or airport infrastructure, or for hotel upgrades or other business investment incurred in preparation for the Games but not directly related to staging the Games. The cost for Los Angeles 1984 compares with costs of US$4.6 billion for Rio 2016, US$40-44 billion for Beijing 2008 and US$51 billion for Sochi 2014, the most expensive Olympics in history. Average cost for the Summer Games since 1960 is US$5.2 billion.

Medals awarded

The 1984 Summer Olympic program featured 221 events in the following 21 sports:{{col-start}}{{col-1-of-4}}
  • Aquatics
    • {{GamesSport|Diving|Events=4|Format=d}}
    • {{GamesSport|Swimming|Events=29|Format=d}}
    • {{GamesSport|Synchronized swimming|Events=2|Format=d}}
    • {{GamesSport|Water polo|Events=1|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Archery|Events=2|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Athletics|Events=41|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Basketball|Events=2|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Boxing|Events=12|Format=d}}
{{col-2-of-4}}
  • {{GamesSport|Canoeing|Events=12|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Cycling|Format=d}}
    • Road (3)
    • Track (5)
  • {{GamesSport|Equestrian|Format=d}}
    • Dressage (2)
    • Eventing (2)
    • Show jumping (2)
{{col-3-of-4}}
  • {{GamesSport|Fencing|Events=8|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Field hockey|Events=2|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Football|Events=1|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Gymnastics|Format=d}}
    • Artistic (14)
    • Rhythmic (1)
  • {{GamesSport|Handball|Events=2|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Judo|Events=8|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Modern pentathlon|Events=2|Format=d}}
{{col-4-of-4}}
  • {{GamesSport|Rowing|Events=14|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Sailing|Events=7|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Shooting|Events=11|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Volleyball|Events=2|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Weightlifting|Events=10|Format=d}}
  • {{GamesSport|Wrestling|Format=d}}
    • Freestyle (10)
    • Greco-Roman (10)
{{col-end}}

Demonstration sports

Calendar

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 â— Opening ceremony bgcolor=#3399ff align=center â— Event finals bgcolor=#ee3333|Closing ceremony{| class="wikitable" style="margin:0.5em auto; font-size:90%; line-height:1.25em;"!rowspan=2|Date!colspan=4|July!colspan=12|August!28thSat!!29thSun!!30thMon!!31stTue!!1stWed!!2ndThu!!3rdFri!!4thSat!!5thSun!!6thMon!!7thTue!!8thWed!!9thThu!!10thFri!!11thSat!!12thSun align="center" Archery|||||||||||Archery at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's individual Archery at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's individual>●| align="center" Athletics||||||Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 20 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's shot put>●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metresAthletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump>● ●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's javelin throw>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon>●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's hammer throw Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metres Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's javelin throw>●|Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres>●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres hurdles>●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's decathlonAthletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metres>● ●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 3000 metres steeplechase Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw>●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 3000 metres Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres hurdles>● ●Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relayAthletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 kilometres walk Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's shot putAthletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 1500 metres>● Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay>● ●● align="center" Basketball|●|●|| align="center" Boxing||Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Light Flyweight (– 48 kg) Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Flyweight (– 51 kg)>● Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Bantamweight (– 54 kg) Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Featherweight (57 kg)>●Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Lightweight (– 60 kg) Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Light Welterweight (– 63.5 kg)>● Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Welterweight (– 67 kg) Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Light Middleweight (– 71 kg)>●Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Middleweight (– 75 kg) Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Light Heavyweight (– 81 kg)>● Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Heavyweight (– 91 kg) Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Super Heavyweight (+ 91 kg)>●| align="center" Canoeing|||||||||Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's K-1 500 metres Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's K-2 500 metres>● Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's C-1 500 metresCanoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's C-2 500 metres>● Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's K-1 500 metres Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's K-2 500 metres>●Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's K-1 1000 metres Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's K-2 1000 metres>● Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's K-4 1000 metresCanoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's C-1 1000 metres>● Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's C-2 1000 metres Canoeing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's K-4 500 metres>●| align="center" Cycling|Cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's individual road race Cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's individual road race>●●●Cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's sprintCycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's team pursuit>● ●|●||||||| align="center" Diving||||||||●●●● align="center" Equestrian|||Equestrian at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Individual eventing Equestrian at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Team eventing>●|||● ●●|● align="center" Fencing||||●●●●|●●●●| align="center" Field hockey|●●| align="center" Football|||||●| align="center" Gymnastics|●●●●Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's floor Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's vault>● Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's parallel barsGymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's horizontal bar>● Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's rings Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's pommel horse>●Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's floor Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's vault>●Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's uneven bars Gymnastics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's balance beam>●|||●| align="center" Handball|||●●| align="center" Judo|||||||●●●●●●●●| align="center" Modern pentathlon|Modern pentathlon at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Individual competition Modern pentathlon at the 1984 Summer Olympics#Team competition>●||||||||||| align="center" Rowing||Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's single sculls Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's double sculls>● Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's coxed quadruple scullsRowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's coxless pair>● Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's coxed four Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's eight>●Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's single sculls Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's double sculls>● Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless pair Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's coxed pair>●Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's quadruple sculls Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's coxless four>● Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's coxed four Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's eight>●||||||| align="center" Sailing|||||Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Windglider Male Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Finn>● Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Flying DutchmanSailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Tornado>● Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Star Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Soling>●|||| align="center" Shooting|Shooting at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre pistol Shooting at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 25 metre pistol>●●Shooting at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre running targetShooting at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Trap>● ●●●Shooting at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 metre air rifle Shooting at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre rifle three positions>●●|||||||| align="center" Swimming|Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre breaststroke>●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre individual medley>●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre butterfly>●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre individual medley Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre freestyle>● ●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke>●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay>● ●|Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay>●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre breaststroke>● ●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre butterfly>●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre individual medley>● ●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre individual medley>●Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke>● ●|||||||| align="center" Synchronized swimming|||||||||●|● align="center" Volleyball||●●| align="center" Water polo|||||||●|| align="center" Weightlifting|●●●●●|●●●●●|||| align="center" Wrestling||Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 48 kgWrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 62 kg>● ●Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 52 kgWrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 74 kg>● ●Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 57 kg Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 68 kg>●Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 82 kg Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's Greco-Roman 100 kg>●|||Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 48 kgWrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 62 kg>● ●Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 52 kgWrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 74 kg>● ●Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 57 kg Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 68 kg>●Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 82 kg Wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle 100 kg>●|! Total gold medals !! !! 9 !! 8 !! 13 !! 10 !! 12 !! 16 !! 25 !! 21 !! 10 !! 5 !! 14 !! 11 !! 20 !! 43 !! 3● bgcolor=#ee3333 align=center|●!rowspan=2|Date!28thSat!!29thSun!!30thMon!!31stTue!!1stWed!!2ndThu!!3rdFri!!4thSat!!5thSun!!6thMon!!7thTue!!8thWed!!9thThu!!10thFri!!11thSat!!12thSun!colspan=4|July!colspan=12|August

Medal count

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Participating National Olympic Committees

(File:1984 Summer Olympic games countries.png|thumb|Participating nations)(File:1984 Summer olympics team numbers.gif|thumb|Number of athletes)Athletes from 140 nations competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Eighteen nations made their Olympic debut: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Grenada, Mauritania, Mauritius, North Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and the United Arab Emirates. Zaire had previously competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics as Congo-Kinshasa. The People's Republic of China made its first appearance in a Summer Olympics since 1952, while for the first time the Republic of China team participated under the politically contrived name of Chinese Taipei.The Soviet Union led the Warsaw Pact members and other Communist countries in a boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics, in retaliation for the U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics four years earlier (over the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979). The pretexts for the 1984 Soviet-led boycott were concerns over security, "chauvinistic sentiments" and "an anti-Soviet hysteria ... being whipped up" in the United States.NEWS,weblink Burns, John F., Moscow will keep its team from Los Angeles Olympics; Tass cites peril, U.S. denies it; Protests are issue, The New York Times, May 9, 1984, However, a handful of countries disregarded the boycott and attended the Games anyway, among them Yugoslavia (host of the 1984 Winter Olympics), the People's Republic of China, and Romania (the only Warsaw Pact country that had opted to ignore the Soviet demands). The Romanian team received a particularly warm reception from the United States; when the Romanian athletes entered during the opening ceremonies, they were greeted by a standing ovation from the spectators, who were mostly U.S. citizens. This would turn out to be Romania's most successful Olympic Games – they won 53 medals, including 20 golds.In the table below, the number of athletes representing each nation is shown in parentheses.{| class="wikitable collapsible" style="width:100%;"! Participating (:Category:Nations at the 1984 Summer Olympics|National Olympic Committees)|{{div col|colwidth=18em}}
  • {{flagIOC|ALG|1984 Summer|32}}
  • {{flagIOC|AND|1984 Summer|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|ANT|1984 Summer|13}}
  • {{flagIOC|ARG|1984 Summer|87}}
  • {{flagIOC|AUS|1984 Summer|246}}
  • {{flagIOC|AUT|1984 Summer|102}}
  • {{flagIOC|BAH|1984 Summer|22}}
  • {{flagIOC|BRN|1984 Summer|10}}
  • {{flagIOC|BAN|1984 Summer|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|BAR|1984 Summer|16}}
  • {{flagIOC|BEL|1984 Summer|67}}
  • {{flagIOC|BIZ|1984 Summer|11}}
  • {{flagIOC|BEN|1984 Summer|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|BER|1984 Summer|12}}
  • {{flagIOC|BHU|1984 Summer|6}}
  • {{flagIOC|BOL|1984 Summer|12}}
  • {{flagIOC|BOT|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|BRA|1984 Summer|151}}
  • {{flagIOC|IVB|1984 Summer|9}}
  • {{flagIOC|BIR|1984 Summer|1}}
  • {{flagIOC|CMR|1984 Summer|49}}
  • {{flagIOC|CAN|1984 Summer|439}}
  • {{flagIOC|CAY|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|CAF|1984 Summer|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|CHA|1984 Summer|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|CHI|1984 Summer|57}}
  • {{flagIOC|CHN|1984 Summer|219}}
  • {{flagIOC|COL|1984 Summer|37}}
  • {{flagIOC|CGO|1984 Summer|10}}
  • {{flagIOC|CRC|1984 Summer|28}}
  • {{flagIOC|CYP|1984 Summer|10}}
  • {{flagIOC|DEN|1984 Summer|63}}
  • {{flagIOC|DJI|1984 Summer|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|DOM|1984 Summer|39}}
  • {{flagIOC|ECU|1984 Summer|10}}
  • {{flagIOC|EGY|1984 Summer|114}}
  • {{flagIOC|ESA|1984 Summer|10}}
  • {{flagIOC|GEQ|1984 Summer|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|FIJ|1984 Summer|15}}
  • {{flagIOC|FIN|1984 Summer|88}}
  • {{flagIOC|FRA|1984 Summer|243}}
  • {{flagIOC|GAB|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|GAM|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|FRG|1984 Summer|394}}
  • {{flagIOC|GHA|1984 Summer|23}}
  • {{flagIOC|GBR|1984 Summer|338}}
  • {{flagIOC|GRE|1984 Summer|51}}
  • {{flagIOC|GRN|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|GUA|1984 Summer|24}}
  • {{flagIOC|GUI|1984 Summer|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|GUY|1984 Summer|6}}
  • {{flagIOC|HAI|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|HON|1984 Summer|12}}
  • {{flagIOC|HKG|1984 Summer|48}}
  • {{flagIOC|ISL|1984 Summer|32}}
  • {{flagIOC|IND|1984 Summer|48}}
  • {{flagIOC|INA|1984 Summer|16}}
  • {{flagIOC|IRQ|1984 Summer|24}}
  • {{flagIOC|IRL|1984 Summer|43}}
  • {{flagIOC|ISR|1984 Summer|31}}
  • {{flagIOC|ITA|1984 Summer|305}}
  • {{flagIOC|CIV|1984 Summer|12}}
  • {{flagIOC|JAM|1984 Summer|45}}
  • {{flagIOC|JPN|1984 Summer|247}}
  • {{flagIOC|JOR|1984 Summer|12}}
  • {{flagIOC|KEN|1984 Summer|60}}
  • {{flagIOC|KOR|1984 Summer|204}}
  • {{flagIOC|KUW|1984 Summer|23}}
  • {{flagIOC|LIB|1984 Summer|21}}
  • {{flagIOC|LES|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|LBR|1984 Summer|9}}
  • {{flagIOC|LIE|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|LUX|1984 Summer|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|MAD|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|MAW|1984 Summer|15}}
  • {{flagIOC|MAS|1984 Summer|21}}
  • {{flagIOC|MLI|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|MLT|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|MTN|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|MRI|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|MEX|1984 Summer|99}}
  • {{flagIOC|MON|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|MAR|1984 Summer|40}}
  • {{flagIOC|MOZ|1984 Summer|9}}
  • {{flagIOC|NEP|1984 Summer|11}}
  • {{flagIOC|NED|1984 Summer|127}}
  • {{flagIOC|AHO|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|NZL|1984 Summer|130}}
  • {{flagIOC|NCA|1984 Summer|25}}
  • {{flagIOC|NIG|1984 Summer|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|NGR|1984 Summer|33}}
  • {{flagIOC|NOR|1984 Summer|104}}
  • {{flagIOC|OMA|1984 Summer|16}}
  • {{flagIOC|PAK|1984 Summer|29}}
  • {{flagIOC|PAN|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|PNG|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|PAR|1984 Summer|14}}
  • {{flagIOC|PER|1984 Summer|38}}
  • {{flagIOC|PHI|1984 Summer|20}}
  • {{flagIOC|POR|1984 Summer|39}}
  • {{flagIOC|PUR|1984 Summer|51}}
  • {{flagIOC|QAT|1984 Summer|27}}
  • {{flagIOC|ROM|1984 Summer|125}}
  • {{flagIOC|RWA|1984 Summer|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|SMR|1984 Summer|19}}
  • {{flagIOC|KSA|1984 Summer|40}}
  • {{flagIOC|SEN|1984 Summer|24}}
  • {{flagIOC|SEY|1984 Summer|9}}
  • {{flagIOC|SLE|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|SIN|1984 Summer|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|SOL|1984 Summer|3}}
  • {{flagIOC|SOM|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|ESP|1984 Summer|185}}
  • {{flagIOC|SRI|1984 Summer|4}}
  • {{flagIOC|SUD|1984 Summer|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|SUR|1984 Summer|5}}
  • {{flagIOC|SWZ|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|SWE|1984 Summer|176}}
  • {{flagIOC|SUI|1984 Summer|129}}
  • {{flagIOC|SYR|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|TPE|1984 Summer|59}}
  • {{flagIOC|TAN|1984 Summer|18}}
  • {{flagIOC|THA|1984 Summer|35}}
  • {{flagIOC|TOG|1984 Summer|6}}
  • {{flagIOC|TGA|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|TRI|1984 Summer|16}}
  • {{flagIOC|TUN|1984 Summer|23}}
  • {{flagIOC|TUR|1984 Summer|47}}
  • {{flagIOC|UGA|1984 Summer|26}}
  • {{flagIOC|UAE|1984 Summer|7}}
  • {{flagIOC|USA|1984 Summer|522}} (host)
  • {{flagIOC|URU|1984 Summer|19}}
  • {{flagIOC|VEN|1984 Summer|26}}
  • {{flagIOC|ISV|1984 Summer|33}}
  • {{flagIOC|SAM|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|YAR|1984 Summer|2}}
  • {{flagIOC|YUG|1984 Summer|143}}
  • {{flagIOC|ZAI|1984 Summer|8}}
  • {{flagIOC|ZAM|1984 Summer|16}}
  • {{flagIOC|ZIM|1984 Summer|16}}
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Boycotting countries

(File:1984 Summer Olympics (Los Angeles) boycotting countries (blue).png|thumb|upright=1.6|Countries that boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics are shaded blue)Fourteen countries took part in the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics:WEB,weblink 1984 Olympics, infoplease.com, June 11, 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060618175049weblink">weblink June 18, 2006, yes,
  • {{Flag|Afghanistan|1980}}
  • {{Flag|Angola}}
  • {{Flag|Bulgaria|1971}}
  • {{Flag|Cuba}}
  • {{Flag|Czechoslovakia}}
  • {{Flag|East Germany}}
  • {{Flag|Ethiopia|1975}}
  • {{Flag|Hungary}}
  • {{Flag|Laos}}
  • {{Flag|Mongolia|1945}}
  • {{Flag|North Korea}}
  • {{Flag|Poland}}
  • {{Flag|Soviet Union}}
  • {{Flag|Vietnam}}
Albania, Iran and Libya also boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics, citing political reasons, but these countries were not a part of the Soviet-led boycott. Albania and Iran were the only two countries to boycott both the 1980 and 1984 Summer Games.
  • {{flag|Albania|1946}}
  • {{Flag|Iran}}
  • {{Flag|Libya|1977}}

Alleged Soviet doping plan

Documents obtained in 2016 revealed the Soviet Union's plans for a statewide doping system in track and field in preparation for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Dated prior to the country's decision to boycott the Games, the document detailed the existing steroids operations of the program, along with suggestions for further enhancements. The communication, directed to the Soviet Union's head of track and field, was prepared by Dr. Sergei Portugalov of the Institute for Physical Culture. Portugalov was also one of the main figures involved in the implementation of the Russian doping program prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Filmmaker and director of 2017 movie Icarus Bryan Fogel has said that stricter doping controls might have been the main reason of the Soviet boycott.WEB,weblink jimrome.com, Bryan Fogel talks 1984 Summer Olympics boycott on The Jim Rome Podcast, November 23, 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20171122112500weblink">weblink November 22, 2017, yes,

Success of Los Angeles as host city

(File:1984-Newspaper-Vending-Machine.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Newspaper vending machine announcing the 1984 Olympics.)Following the news of the massive financial losses of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the only two cities to express a genuine interest in hosting the 1984 Games were Los Angeles and New York. Given that only one city per country is allowed to bid for any one Games, the USOC vote for the American bid city was effectively the deciding vote for the 1984 Olympics host city. In this case, the Los Angeles bid received 55 votes compared with New York's 39 votes – this is the closest that the city of New York has ever come to being selected to host the Olympic Games, coming closer in 1984 than they did in their 2012 bid (when they lost to London).WEB,weblink No Olympics, No Problem: New York City's Political Regime after the Bid for the 2012 Games, Andrew H. Levin, April 27, 2007, 27, July 24, 2009, The low level of interest among potential host cities for the 1984 Games had been viewed as a major threat to the future of the Olympic Games. However, after the financial success of the Los Angeles Games, cities began to show a renewed interest in bidding to become host again. The Los Angeles and Montreal Games are seen as examples of best and worst practice when organizing the Olympics, and serve as valuable lessons to prospective host cities.Ambitious construction projects for the two previous Summer Olympics, Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980, had burdened organizers with substantial debts as expenses greatly exceeded revenues. Furthermore, the 1976 and 1980 Olympics were entirely government funded. Unlike Montreal and Moscow, Los Angeles 1984 was privately funded, with strict controls imposed on expenditure; rather than constructing new venues with overly ambitious designs, the organizers chose instead to utilise existing venues and facilities wherever possible. The main example of this was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which was also the Olympic Stadium for the 1932 Summer Olympics.NEWS, Let Boston 2024 pay for the Olympics,weblink The Boston Globe, July 28, 2015, registration, The only two new venues constructed specifically for the 1984 Summer Olympics were secured with the backing of corporate sponsors: the Olympic Velodrome was largely funded by the 7-Eleven corporation and the Olympic Swim Stadium by McDonald's.In addition to corporate support, the Olympic committee also used the income from the exclusive television rights, and for the first time these contracts would prove to be a significant source of revenue. Adjusted for inflation, the Los Angeles Games secured twice the amount of income received by the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics and four times that of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics.Shoval, Noam. "A New Phase in the Competition For The Olympic Gold: The London and New York Bids For The 2012 Games." Journal of Urban Affairs 24.5 (2002): 583–99.Following the success of the 1984 Games, the Los Angeles OCOG, led by Peter Ueberroth, used the profits to create the LA84 Foundation for promoting youth sports in Southern California, educating coaches and maintaining a sports library.

In popular culture

{{More citations needed section|date=April 2014}}The games were the topic of the 1983–84 United States commemorative coin series.McDonald's ran a promotion titled, "When the U.S. Wins, You Win" where customers scratched off a ticket with the name of an Olympic event on it, and if the U.S. won a medal in that event then they would be given a free menu item: a Big Mac for a gold medal, an order of french fries for a silver medal, and a Coca-Cola for a bronze medal. The promotion became more popular than expected due to the Soviet boycott which led to the U.S. winning far more Olympic medals than expected.NEWS,weblink's%20Corporation, The New York Times, August 10, 1984, April 20, 2010, Advertising; Big Mac's Olympic Giveaway, Pamela G., Hollie, This promotion was parodied in The Simpsons episode "Lisa's First Word", where Krusty Burger runs a similar offer. The promotion was intended to be rigged so that prizes would only be offered in events dominated by the Eastern Bloc, but the Soviet-led boycott causes Krusty to personally lose $44 million. He vehemently promises "to spit in every fiftieth burger," to which Homer retorts "I like those odds!" Chief Wiggum also exclaims that he could kiss Carl Lewis, who won four gold medals at the Games.On NCIS, Tim McGee has an obsession with jet packs, stemming from having attended the 1984 Olympic ceremony as a child and having Bill Suitor fly over his head in his jet pack.EPISODE, Ignition, NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, NCIS (TV series), CBS, January 5, 2010, 7, 11, 43, This storyline is based on the real experience of executive producer and writer Jesse Stern.VIDEO, Stern, Jesse, The Future is Now: NCIS meets the jet pack, NCIS: The Seventh Season (Disc 3 special features), CBS Studios, Pop punk band Bowling for Soup references the games in the song "I Can't Stand LA". During a section showing appreciation for the city, the song states, "thank you for hair metal and the '84 Olympics."Jilly Cooper's novel Riders has a storyline set at the show jumping event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.In the Seinfeld episode "The Gymnast", Jerry dates a woman who competed in the 1984 Olympics and won a silver medal for Romania.

Broadcast rights

The 1984 Games were covered by the following broadcasters:{hide}Columns-list|colwidth=30em| }}

See also

{{IOC seealso|games=1984 Summer Olympics }}

References

{{reflist|30em}}

External links

{{commons category|1984 Summer Olympics}}

Further reading

  • Dyreson, Mark. "Global television and the transformation of the Olympics: The 1984 Los Angeles Games." International Journal of the History of Sport 32.1 (2015): 172-184.
  • Edelman, Robert Simon. "The Russians are not coming! The Soviet withdrawal from the games of the XXIII Olympiad." International Journal of the History of Sport 32.1 (2015): 9-36.
  • BOOK, Bill, Henry, An Approved History of the Olympic Games, 0-88284-243-9,
  • Llewellyn, Matthew, John Gleaves, and Wayne Wilson. "The Historical Legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games." International Journal of the History of Sport 321 (2015) : 1-8.
  • Llewellyn, Matthew, John Gleaves, and Wayne Wilson, eds. The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games: Assessing the 30-Year Legacy (Routledge, 2017).
  • BOOK, Whitakers Olympic Almanack, 2004, 0-7136-6724-9,
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