In 1984 the Olympic Games were on the verge of a crisis. In the years leading up to the 1984 games, the peace-promoting games were plagued by violence and virulent money-loss in Munich, Montreal and Moscow. On the verge of such a precarious precipice, Los Angeles stepped in to host the games in 1984, a year that has long been touted as one that has saved the modern Olympic Games and has ushered in a new era of competition, glamour and prestige associated with the event.
In 2024, Los Angeles hopes to recreate that magic by hosting its third Olympic Summer Games. The city has quietly placed its hat in the ring for the U.S. Olympic Committee to consider along with other candidates Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Los Angeles’ last bid for an Olympic Games was for the 2016 games, however that honor went to Rio de Janeiro.
This time around, officials are hoping to tout the city’s revitalization of Downtown under the influence of the Silicon Beach tech boom and the entertainment industry. The city is also home to a number of iconic locations that can serve as venues and parts of the Olympic Village. Events would take place throughout four key locations in Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum which played a central role in the previous two games and has since been expanded and enhanced.
“Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city, with endless diversity, attractions and scenic beauty,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “Casey Wasserman and I have enjoyed working with USOC chairman Larry Probst, CEO Scott Blackmun and their talented and experienced team to explore how we can present the strongest possible bid for our nation.”
Los Angeles’ Storied History With The Games
Los Angeles is certainly no stranger to performing on the world’s stage. The first games to be held in the city occurred in 1932, in which the first Olympic Village was built as was the famous victory podium. Unlike many other cities that saw their Olympic facilities fall into disarray shortly after the games, the venues built and used in 1932 are still in use today. Exposition Park served as the official Olympic Park for the games, and is expected to play a big role in the 2024 Games if they come to Los Angeles.
The city of Los Angeles changed the Games yet again in 1984 as it was the first Games to return a profit after a few previous Games ran into considerable problems. Los Angeles also upped the star factor as only it can in 1984. Singer Lionel Ritchie was featured in a show-stopping performance that included a UFO-like craft hovering above the stadium. Having gone off without a hitch, these Games ushered in a new age of pageantry to the Olympics.
Although it remains unclear how important a role this history will play in Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Games, it is clear that this is a city that is capable of holding the world’s attention for the few weeks when life is temporarily put on hold to witness the pursuit of gold, silver and bronze.
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