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1932 Olympics in Los Angeles…

Friday, August 8th, 2008





By Allan R. Ellenberger


With tonight’s opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad being held in Beijing, China, I thought a look at the 1932 Olympics would be appropriate. The games of the Tenth Olympiad which were held in Los Angeles from July 30 to August 14, 1932, contributed the greatest series of athletic events ever held in the United States up to that time. Here is a look at some of the highlights.



Aerial view of Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony (IOC/Olympic Museum collections)




  • The crowds set records, starting with the 100,000 people who attended the Opening Ceremony
  • The 1932 Olympics were the first to last 16 days. The duration of the Olympics has remained between 15 and 18 days ever since. Between 1900 and 1928, no Summer Olympics was shorter than 79 days.
  • At the victory ceremonies, the medal winners stood on a victory stand and the flag of the winner was raised.
  • Official automatic timing was introduced for the track events, as was the photo-finish camera.
  • 14-year-old Japanese Kusuo Kitamura won the 1,500m freestyle to become the youngest male in any sport ever to earn a gold medal in an individual event.
  • Ivar Johansson, a Swedish policeman, won gold medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Another Swedish wrestler, Carl Westergren, won his third Greco-Roman title, each in a different division.
  • In the spirit of fair play, British fencer Judy Guinness gave up her hopes for a gold medal when she pointed out to officials that they had not noticed two touches scored against her by her final opponent, Ellen Preis of Austria.









Los Angeles, Coliseum Stadium, 30 July 1932. Opening Ceremony, Charles Curtis, US Vice-President, declares the Games of the X Olympiad open.


(Credit: IOC/Olympic Museum collections)



 ABOVE: Argentina’s Juan Carlos Zabala, winner of the marathon, ahead on the first lap of the track (IOC/Olympic Museum collections )






Crowds gather under several international flags at the Olympic Village in Baldwin Hills during the 1932 Olympics. This Olympic Village, the first ever to be built, served as the residence for the male athletes. Female athletes were housed at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard. (LAPL)



ABOVE: Los Angeles 1932, Games of the X Olympiad. Personalities and competitors in transit: (L to R) Duke KAHANAMOKU, Miss Earhart PUTMAN, Paavo NURMI, Douglas FAIRBANKS and Arthur JONATH. (Credit: IOC Olympic Museum Collections)







21-year-old American Babe Didrikson qualified for all five women’s track and field events, but was only allowed to compete in three. She won the javelin throw and set world records in the high jump and the 80m hurdles.




(Credit: IOC Olympic Museum Collections)




ABOVE: Los Angeles, August 1932. General view of the Olympic Stadium during an equestrian event at the Games of the X Olympiad.  (Credit: IOC Olympic Museum Collections)





Los Angeles, Coliseum Stadium, 14 August 1932. The IOC President, Count Baillet-Latour, closes the Games of the X Olympiad.



(Credit: IOC Olympic Museum Collections)















L.A. Earthquate – 5.4…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008


5.4 earthquake rocks L.A. area



The quake, which Caltech officials downgraded from an initial magnitude of 5.8, was centered near Chino Hills. No major damage or injuries are reported.


By David Pierson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
1:18 PM PDT, July 29, 2008


A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook large parts of Southern California, shaking a wide swath from Ventura County to San Diego.


The quake shook downtown L.A. buildings and was felt as far east as Palm Springs.


It was centered near Chino Hills, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


There were no reports of major damage or injuries. But the Los Angeles Police Department reported minor structural damage at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


The magnitude of the quake was originally set at 5.8. But Caltech officials downgraded it to 5.4 and said they doubted the temblor caused major structural damage. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)