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LOS ANGELES 1984
Los Angeles 28 July 1984. Opening ceremony, general view.

Los Angeles 1984

Games of the XXIII Olympiad

Although a revenge boycott led by the Soviet Union depleted the field in certain sports, a record 140 nations took part. Joan Benoit won the inaugural women's marathon and Connie Carpenter-Phinney the first women's cycling road race. Carl Lewis won both sprints and the long jump and earned a fourth gold in the 4x100m relay. Pertti Karppinen won single sculls rowing for the third time. Sebastian Coe became the first repeat winner of the men's 1,500m. Archer Neroli Fairhall was the first paraplegic athlete to take part in a medal event. She competed in a wheelchair.





140 NOCs (Nations)

6,829 athletes (1,566 women, 5,263 men)

221 events

28,742 volunteers

9,190 media (4,327 written press, 4,863 broadcasters)

CEREMONIES

Los Angeles 28 July 1984 : the spectacle. The brass band " All american Marching Band ".

Official opening of the Games by: President of the United States of America Ronald Reagan

Lighting the Olympic Flame by: Rafer Johnson (decathlete)

Olympic Oath by: Edwin Moses (athletics)

Official Oath by: Sharon Weber (gymnastics)

Relive the opening ceremony

HIGHLIGHTS

Carl Lewis (USA-athletics) entered into the history books. He matched the achievement of fellow countryman Jesse Owens (Berlin 1936), winning four gold medals in the same events: 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.


Discover Carl Lewis' biography

DID YOU KNOW?

With the Olympics being held in the United States only four years after the U.S.- led boycott of the Moscow Games, it was not surprising that the Soviet Union organised a revenge boycott in 1984. This time only 14 nations stayed away - but those nations accounted for 58% of the gold medals at the 1976 Olympics.

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KEY FACTS

Opening date: 28 July 1984

Closing date: 12 August 1984

Country of the host city: United States of America (USA)

Candidate cities:
There were no candidate cities.

Sports:
23

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ATHLETES

Go directly to the portraits of the following athletes:

Steven REDGRAVESteven REDGRAVE
Rowing (GBR)

Sebastian COESebastian COE
Athletics (GBR)

OLYMPIC RESULTS

Medals by country

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