Remember the '84 Olympics?
LMU’s Gersten Pavilion hosted the weightlifting competition during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.
Published: June 13, 2012
By LMU Magazine Staff
The 1984 Summer Olympic Games are memorable for competitive and political reasons.
The first women’s Olympic marathon was run, Mary Lou Retton took the gymnastics all-around gold medal, and Li Ning, of China, won six gymnastics medals. The games also were an occasion for scoring political points:14 nations, including the Soviet Union, East Germany and Cuba, boycotted the games in retaliation for the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
LMU played a central role in the ’84 games as host of weightlifting events. We’d like you to share your memories of LMU alumni and friends who attended or worked on the Olympic Games that year, including the events in Gersten Pavilion. We want to post your stories and photos on the LMU Magazine website while the 2012 games take place. What inspired you during the games? What surprised you? Was there a part of the games that you participated in that left lasting memories that few know about because it wasn’t televised? And what struck you about LMU’s role in competitions that were watched all over the world? Did you witness the wrestling events held in Gersten? What was that like?
Please use the Join In form at the LMU Magazine website to share your memories with the rest of us. And thank you, very much.