The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games

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The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games

Author : Matthew Llewellyn
ISBN : 9781317502463
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Los Angeles Times Book Of The 1984 Olympic Games

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ISBN : UOM:39076006771658
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Discusses the history of the Olympic Games and details the development, rules, judging criteria, records, and leading competitors for each of the events
Category: Sports & Recreation

Los Angeles And The 1984 Olympic Games

Author : Josh R. Lieser
ISBN : 1321551150
Genre : Boycotts
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The 1984 Olympics offer an unprecedented opportunity to consider the way that sports were used as cultural and ideological warfare or soft power in the late stages of the Cold War era. Despite the Soviet Union's decision to boycott the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984, the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics were a claimed "victory" by President Ronald Reagan in the Cultural Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Los Angeles won the right to host the games, and was a politically prudent choice for the United States within the context of the Cultural Cold War. The complicated history of Los Angeles and its constructed post-WWII identity are important elements to the choice of Los Angeles as host city. The Soviet boycott of the 1984 Olympic Games by the Soviet Union is central to the buildup to 1984, but due to the financial success of the Games the Soviet absence was not the crisis that many predicted. This fact was largely due to how the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee utilized corporate sponsorship to make the most financially successful Olympic Games of all time while simultaneously creating a "look" for the Games that would present the United States and the city of Los Angeles in an idealized manner that appeared bereft of hyper-nationalism. The economic success of the Games was the greatest weapon the United States had in the cultural battle it fought in 1984. The cultural legacy of the 1984 Games also hinged on the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival which was organized by the LAOOC. The Olympic Arts Festival, like the Games, was an opportunity for the United States to create international influence and legitimacy while simultaneously claiming the position of diplomatic host nation. Through the exploration of these avenues, the 1984 Los Angeles Games are evidence of the significance of sports in the Cultural Cold War, the corporatization of sports, and the commodification of both sports and the Olympics through modern means of spectacle and profit motives.
Category: Boycotts

The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games

Author : Barry A. Sanders
ISBN : 9781439642412
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The 1984 Olympic Games

Author : Dick Schaap
ISBN : UOM:39015006192903
Genre : Olympic Games
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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
Category: Olympic Games

The Olympic Games

Author : Peter Arnold
ISBN : 0603030688
Genre : Olympics
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Who S Who In The 1984 Olympics

Author : David Emery
ISBN : 0720715199
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Offers brief profiles of the major athletes in track and field, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, weightlifting, fencing, rowing, cycling, and equestrianism
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The Golden Opportunity

Author : Harold Edwin Wilson
ISBN : IND:30000052131137
Genre : Athletes
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Sport And Politics

Author : Bill Shaikin
ISBN : UOM:39015013267276
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Sport and Politics 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.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Cold War And The 1984 Olympic Games

Author : Philip D’Agati
ISBN : 9781137360250
Genre : Political Science
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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.
Category: Political Science

1984 Summer Olympic Games

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on International Relations. Subcommittee on International Organizations
ISBN : PURD:32754077072027
Genre : Government publications
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One Golden Moment

Author : David Davis
ISBN : 0997825103
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This book chronicles the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics through the extraordinary photographs taken by the staff at the Herald Examiner newspaper, a collection now held at the Los Angeles Central Library: from the preparations before the Games to the Opening Ceremony to the wondrous athletic performances to the Closing Ceremony. The 1984 Olympics were a golden moment in these photographers' careers as well as for the city of Los Angeles.