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1932 Los Angeles
Olympic Stadium

1932 Los Angeles Olympic Stadium

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  Metal Count  
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA
Italy
Sweden
France
Finland
Germany
Japan
Great Britain
Hungary
Canada
41
12
9
10
5
3
7
4
6
2
32
12
5
5
8
12
7
7
4
5
30
12
9
4
12
5
4
5
5
8
103
36
23
19
25
20
18
16
15
15
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  The Facility  
Date Built May 1, 1923
Major Renovation 1979
1993
1994
1995
Ownership
(Management)
State of California
(Los Angeles Coliseum Commission)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction $954,873
$9.5 million in 1979
$15 million in 1993
$93 million in 1994
$6 million in 1995
Stadium Architect John and Donald Parkinson
Olympic Capacity 101,574
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Tenants USC Trojans
(NCAA) (1923-Present)
Former Tenants 1932 Summer Olympics
1984 Summer Olympics
Los Angeles Rams
(NFL) (1946-1979)
Los Angeles Dodgers
(MLB) (1958-1961)
Los Angeles Chargers
(AFL) (1960)
Los Angeles Raiders
(NFL) (1982-1994)
Los Angeles Express
(USFL) (1983-1985)
UCLA Bruins
(NCAA) (1928-1981)
Los Angeles Aztecs
(NASL) (1974-1981)
Los Angeles Wolves
(USA) (1967)
Los Angeles Xtreme
(XFL) (2001)
Los Angeles Christmas Festival
(NCAA) (1924)
Mercy Bowl
(NCAA) (1961 & 1971)
Population Base 9,000,000
On Site Parking 8,200
Nearest Airport Los Angeles International (LAX)

1932 Los Angeles Olympic Stadium

Despite a world-wide economic depression and predictions that the 1932 Summer Olympics were doomed to failure, 37 countries sent over 1,300 athletes to southern California and the Games were a huge success.

Energized by perfect weather and the buoyant atmosphere of the first Olympic Village, the competition was fierce. Sixteen world and Olympic records fell in men's track and field alone.

In women's track, 18-year-old Babe Didrikson, who had set world records in the 80-meter hurdles, javelin and high jump at the AAU Olympic Trials three weeks before, came to L.A. and announced, "I am out to beat everybody in sight." She almost did, too - winning the hurdles and javelin, but taking second in the high jump (despite tying teammate Jean Shiley for first) when her jumping style was ruled illegal.

Didrikson's heroics, along with American Eddie Tolan's double in the 100 and 200 meters and Italian Luigi Beccali's upset victory in the 1,500, were among the Games' highlights, but they didn't quite make up for the absence of Finland's famed distance runner Paavo Nurmi.

Just before the Games, the IOC said that Nurmi would not be allowed to participate in his fourth Olympics because he had received excessive expense money on a trip to Germany in 1929. The ruling came as no surprise in the track world where it was said, "Nurmi has the lowest heart-beat and the highest asking price of any athlete in the world."

The Japanese men and American women dominated in swimming, each winning five of six events. Helene Madison of the U.S. won two races and anchored the winning relay team.

Source: 1996 Information Please Sports Almanac

1928 Amsterdam
Olympic Stadium

1928 Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

1928
1932 Los Angeles
Olympic Stadium

1932 Los Angeles Olympic Stadium

1932
1936 Berlin
Olympic Stadium

1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium

1936


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