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?