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“And then, almost overnight, the whole atmosphere changed. The arrival of teams in their colorful uniforms in New York and other ports electrified sports lovers; newspapers turned their pages over to this startling development; those who had bought their season tickets a year previous to the Games and had the choice locations in the great stadium became the envy of their friends; people started for Los Angeles by train, steamer, motor, airplane, as the word spread.”


Today, the 1932 Olympic Games are remembered as perhaps the most successful of their era with good facilities, enthusiastic crowds and perfect weather. Among the Games’ many innovations and memorable features were:

  • The Olympic Village was introduced to the Games. Bungalows were built on a hill overlooking Los Angeles and were used to house all the male athletes (the women stayed in a hotel).
  • For the first time, the Games finished in the black financially. The Organizing Committee realized a surplus of more than $1 million.
  • The photo-finish camera made its debut.
  • In competition, 18 world records were broken or equaled; 1,332 athletes from 37 countries took part in the Games.
  • For the first time, the Games lasted 16 days and spanned 3 weekends, a pattern that has been kept ever since. No previous Summer Olympics had lasted less than 79 days.
  • For the first time, medal winners stood on a victory stand and watched the raising of the flag of the winner’s country.
  • The crowd of 100,000 spectators at the Opening Ceremony was the largest ever at an Olympic event; the last ticket to the Opening Ceremony was sold on the morning of the event.
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