About the Games
A total of 6829 athletes from 140 countries participated in Los Angeles Summer Olympics. They competed in 221 events.
Most medals won (from a total of 47 teams) by: 1. USA – 174 (83, 61, 30), 2. Romania – 53 (20, 16, 17), 3. GDR – 59 (17, 19, 23).
In response to the US initiated boycott of Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics, the USSR organized a revenge boycott of Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics. This boycott was joined by most of the Warsaw Pact members and several communist regime states – a total of 14 countries.
However, three communist countries – People’s Republic of China, Yugoslavia, and the Warsaw Pact country Romania – chose to disregard the boycott and attended the Games. The Romanian team received a particularly warm reception during the Opening ceremony, when the Romanian athletes were greeted by a standing ovation from the spectators.
Before the Games, the boycotting countries were informed that if their representatives that had been elected as the IOC members or as members of international federations would not take part in congresses that were to take place together with the Games, they would not be elected for further work. In response to this the USSR authorities decided to delegate members of international organizations to the USA. Among them was the member of the Judges and Rules Committee of the International Handball Federation (IHF) Janis Grinbergas. He was the official IHF representative at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics
18 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,
Despite the boycott, a record 140 nations took part in Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics.
Women’s marathon, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming and the women’s cycling road race made their debuts in the Olympic Games programme.
American Carl Lewis repeated the Berlin 1936 achievement of fellow American Jesse Owens, winning gold medals in the same four events: 100 m, 200 m, 4 x 100 m relay and long jump.
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