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L.A. and the Olympics

 In response to David Davis's list of individuals comprising highlights of the 1984 L.A. Olympics, may I offer an alternative? The '84 games in LA were the first to offer a women's marathon! It's hard to imagine 23 years later that women were not allowed to compete in the Olympic marathon prior to the L.A. games. I remember standing with a large group of friends to cheer on the women as they ran past Ocean Park beach in Santa Monica.

I also remember that the '84 Olympics was the first time I ever saw fans do the "wave" in Dodger Stadium, where international baseball was offered. It was difficult to get tickets to popular events in gymnastics, swimming, and track, but I trekked up to Ventura County and watched the rowers, whose events were treated as seriously as the marquee sports.

Barry Sanders, why didn't you ask us?

Abby Arnold
Santa Monica

April 17, 2007 8:20 AM • Native Intelligence • Email the editor

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