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Los Angeles
1984

DateJuly 28 - August 12
CountryUnited States
Athletes6829
Teams140
Events221
Los Angeles 1984

About the Games

The Bottom Line

After the financial problems of 1976, only Los Angeles bid for the right to host the 1984 Olympic Games. The bid was criticised for depending heavily on existing facilities and corporate sponsors. However, the Games produced a healthy profit of $223 million (USD) and became the model for future Games.

No Boycott Blues

Although a revenge boycott led by the Soviet Union depleted the field in certain sports, 140 National Olympic Committees took part, which was a record at the time. Good feelings prevailed to such an extent that at the Opening Ceremony the athletes broke ranks to join in spontaneous dancing, something usually reserved for the Closing Ceremony.

Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games Legacy

Discover the lasting legacy that this edition of the Olympic Games created for its hosts.

Debuts and Firsts

Archer Neroli Fairhall of New Zealand was the first paraplegic athlete to take part in a medal event, competing in a wheelchair. The first Olympic women’s marathon was staged, and was won by Joan Benoit of the U.S. Rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised swimming and the women’s cycling road race also made their debuts.

All Medals

Medal Table

See the list of teams and medals won by each.

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Los Angeles
1984

Featured Athletes

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Gold
Silver
Bronze
  • RomaniaRomania
    4G
    1S
    -
  • People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China
    3G
    2S
    1B
  • United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    1G
    2S
    2B
  • United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    4G
    -
    -
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    Discover the Games

    The Brand

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

    Brand

    Brand

    The Medals

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

    Medals

    Medals

    The Mascot

    An original image, it must give concrete form to the Olympic spirit.

    Mascot

    Mascot

    The Torch

    An iconic part of any Olympic Games, each host offers their unique version.

    Torch

    Torch