Souvenir Glass Mug, 1984 Summer Olympic Games

Souvenir Glass Mug, 1984 Summer Olympic Games

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Description (Brief)
Glass mug is painted with red, white, blue, and yellow. One side reads "1984 Olympics" and has four scenes of athletes above it (riding, fencing, swimming, and cycling). The other side has blue, white, and red overlapping stars (copyright 1980 L.A. Olympic Committee), the Olympic rings below that and McDonald's golden arches trademark below that. On bottom reads "Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad Los Angeles 1984.
The 1984 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad were held in Los Angeles, California with 140 countries 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.
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Object Name
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McDonald's Corporation
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 in; 8.89 cm x 7.62 cm
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Fast Food
Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1984
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National Museum of American History
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