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Los Angeles
1932

DateJuly 30 - August 14
CountryUnited States
Athletes1334
Teams37
Events117
Los Angeles 1932
Nishi springs a last day surprise
Los Angeles 1932 -The first photo finish in the Olympics ends in heartbreak
On The Line

About the Games

Two Setbacks

The 1932 Olympic Games were held in the middle of the Great Depression and, given the transport links of the time, in the relatively remote region of California. Consequently, participation in the Games was the lowest since 1904, with only half as many athletes taking part as had in 1928. Despite this, the standard of competition was excellent.

A Record Crowd at the Opening Ceremony

The Coliseum Olympic stadium astonished the whole world. Its scale and quality were beyond anything that had come before, creating the first Games we would recognise today. The crowds were also without precedent, starting with the 100,000 people who attended the Opening Ceremony.

Innovative Thinking

Between 1900 and 1928, no Summer Games had been shorter than 79 days, but in Los Angeles, this was cut to just 16. It has remained between 15 and 18 days ever since. Other firsts included the male athletes being housed in a single Olympic Village (the women stayed in a luxury hotel, Chapman Park hotel), and medal winners standing on a podium with the flag of the winner being raised.

Los Angeles
1932

Featured Athletes

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HungaryHungary
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United States of AmericaUnited States of America
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ItalyItaly
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Replays from
Los Angeles 1932

Mildred Didrikson Wins Gold in Los Angeles 1932

The Olympics On the Record
Los Angeles
1932

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The Brand

A visual identity is developed for each edition of the Olympic Games.

The Medals

Beginning as an olive wreath, medal designs have evolved over the years.