The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games

Assessing the 30-Year Legacy


Author: Matthew Llewellyn,John Gleaves,Wayne Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317502469

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games stand as the most profitable and arguably the most important event in the history of the modern Olympic movement. Fresh off the back of the financially disastrous Montreal Games of 1976 and the politically controversial Moscow Games of 1980, the Olympic movement returned to the United States for the sixth time in an attempt to salvage the economic viability and global prestige of the Olympics. The Los Angeles Olympics proved to be both provocative and polarizing. On the one hand they have been heralded as an overwhelming, transformative success, ushering the Olympic movement into the modern commercial age. On the other hand, critics have repudiated the Games as a manifestation of commercial excess and a platform for western political and cultural propaganda. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Olympics, this volume examines their legacy. With an international collection of contributing scholars, this volume will span a range of global legacies, including the increasing commercialization of the Games, the changing participation of women, the Communist boycott movement, nationalism and sporting identity, and the modernization and California-cation of the Games. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

The 1984 Olympic Games

Sarajevo/Los Angeles


Author: Dick Schaap

Publisher: Random House Inc


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

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Covering all 260 events in the seven winter and twenty-three summer sports, this retrospective, officially authorized by the United States Olympic Committee, combines photographs with a day-by-day narrative text

Sport and Politics

The Olympics and the Los Angeles Games


Author: Bill Shaikin

Publisher: Praeger Publishers


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 105

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Sport and PoliticS≪/i> examines the inter-relationship between politics and the Olympic Games, with a focus on the 1984 Los Angeles Games and a preview of the 1988 Seoul Games. Author Bill Shaiken contends that the perception of the Olympics as a celebration of world peace is hopelessly unrealistic. According to Shaiken, understanding the links between sports and politics allows for a more realistic appraisal of the games and their role in society. In conclusion the book evaluates--and generally rejects--various proposals for Olympic reform, contending that attempts to minimize the political nature of the Olympics are futile because politics are so entrenched in the games at present. Indeed, Shaikin concludes that the Olympics are valuable not in spite of their political nature, but because of it.

The Cold War and the 1984 Olympic Games

A Soviet-American Surrogate War


Author: Philip D’Agati

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137360259

Category: Political Science

Page: 197

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The Soviet boycott of the 1984 Olympic Games is explained as the result of a complex series of events and policies that culminated in a strategic decision to not participate in Los Angeles. Using IR framework, D'Agati developes and argues for the concept of surrogate wars as an alternative means for conflict between states.

Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, The


Author: Barry A. Sanders

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1467130370

Category: History

Page: 127

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The Games of the XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles 1984, reimagined the Olympic Games and reinvigorated a troubled Olympic movement. Its innovations included the following: a nationwide torch relay that yielded millions for children s charities; an arts festival that surpassed any prior efforts; the first Opening Ceremony featuring a professional theatrical extravaganza; new sports disciplines, such as distance races for women, windsurfing, synchronized swimming, heptathlon, and rhythmic gymnastics; an army of volunteers; vast increases in sponsorship and television revenue while avoiding commercialization and keeping expenses low using existing facilities; and a financial surplus of over $232 million, which has endowed sports for youngsters in the Los Angeles area to this day all through a privately financed organizing committee without government contributions."

1984 summer Olympic games

hearings before the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session, on H. Con. Res. 318, September 23 and 29, 1977


Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on International Relations. Subcommittee on International Organizations

Publisher: N.A


Category: Olympics

Page: 34

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