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

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

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Description (Brief)
One large triangle shaped and two rectangular shaped track samples with a waffle surface. Each piece is red on one side and black on the other. These were taken from the various tracks at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California.
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
track samples
date made
associated place
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
black (sample color)
red (sample color)
rubber (sample material)
rectangle (overall shape)
triangle (overall shape)
overall (largest piece): 10 in x 4 in; 25.4 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (through Carol Daniels)
Track and Field
Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1984
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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