Button from the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California

Description (Brief):

Round pin-back button with a printed design of "LA 84 / I'm A Part if History" in lavendar, pink, orange, and green. Russian printed within an orange band at top.

Description (Brief)

The 1984 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad were held in Los Angeles, California with 140 countries, 5,263 men and 1,566 women athletes participating. These Games were boycotted by fourteen countries, including the Soviet Union because of America’s boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. American Carl Lewis won four gold medals in track and field while Joan Benoit won gold for the U.S. in the first women’s marathon. Mary Lou Retton dominated women’s gymnastics becoming the first American to win the gymnastics all-around competition and the American men won the gold in the gymnastics team competition. With the addition of women’s only events of rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming and the addition of women’s events in track and field, shooting and cycling, women athletes were just beginning to see results from Title IX legislation of twelve years prior. The United States won the medal count with 174.

Date Made: 1984

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: California, Los Angeles

Web Subject: SportsName Of Sport: OlympicsLevel Of Sport: AmateurRelated Event: Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1984


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (through Carol Daniels)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0297.17.1Accession Number: 1985.0297Catalog Number: 1985.0297.17.1

Object Name: button, summer olympicsbutton, olympics

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 in; x 7.62 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746af-8389-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_682601

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