1932 Summer Olympics

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Games of the X Olympiad

Host city Los Angeles, California, United States
Nations participating 37
Athletes participating 1,408 (1,281 men, 127 women)
Events 116 in 14 sports
Opening ceremony July 30, 1932
Closing ceremony August 14, 1932
Officially opened by Charles Curtis
Athlete's Oath George Calnan
Stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The 1932 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the X Olympiad, were held in 1932 in Los Angeles, California, United States. No other cities made a bid to host these Olympics. Held during the worldwide Great Depression, many nations and athletes were unable to pay for the trip to Los Angeles. Fewer than half the number of participants from the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam competed in 1932.


[edit] Highlights

  • An Olympic Village was built for the first time, occupied by the male athletes. Female athletes were housed at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard.
  • The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was known in 1932 as Olympic Stadium.
  • Tenth Street, a major thoroughfare in Los Angeles, was renamed Olympic Boulevard in honor of the Games.
  • Babe Didrikson won two gold medals in the javelin and the hurdles event, and competed in a jump-off for a third in the high jump. Her technique in the jump-off was ruled illegal, leaving Didrikson with second place.
  • In field hockey, only three nations took part. The host nation lost 1-24 to India and 2-9 to Japan but still won a bronze medal.
  • Poland's Stanisława Walasiewicz won the gold medal in the women's 100 meters; she would also win the silver medal in the event four years later. After her death in 1980, it was discovered that she was intersex and would have been ineligible to participate.
  • Finnish star Paavo Nurmi was barred from competing in the Olympics for being a professional.
  • Eddie Tolan won both the 100m and 200m sprint events.
  • Helene Madison won three gold medals in swimming, while the Japanese upset the men's events and took all but one title.
  • Jim Thorpe who was stripped of his medals took part only in the games in press reports.

[edit] Trivia

  • Only 24 members of Brazil's Olympic team of 69 competed. Brazil was so poor from the Great Depression that the only way they could get the team to Los Angeles was to put them on a barge with 25 tons of coffee to sell to ports on the way. They only managed to sell US$24 worth of coffee and the United States required a $1 head tax per person entering the country. Their absolute last hope of getting the whole team ashore rested on the Brazilian consulate in San Francisco, who sent out a courier with a check written out for the equivalent of US$45, but by the time he arrived in L.A., the Brazilian cruzeiro (which the check was written out in) was severely devalued to the point the check was only worth about $17, and to make matters worse, nobody would cash the check at all.
  • In honor of these Olympics, 10th Street was renamed Olympic Boulevard and continues to be known by this name today.
  • The Grand Olympic Auditorium, built to attract the Olympics and home to boxing, weightlifting, and wrestling events, was the largest indoor arena in the United States at the time, seating 15,300.

[edit] Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

[edit] Demonstration sports

[edit] Participating nations

A total of 37 nations were represented at the 1932 Games. Colombia and the Republic of China made their first appearance at the Olympic Games.

[edit] Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Image:US flag 48 stars.svg United States (host nation)413230103
2 Image:Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy 12121236
3 Image:Flag of France.svg France 105419
4 Image:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 95923
5 Image:Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Japan 77418
6 Image:Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 64515
7 Image:Flag of Finland (bordered).svg Finland 581225
8 Image:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 47516
9 Image:Flag of Germany.svg Germany 312520
10 Image:Flag of Australia.svg Australia 3115

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1932 Summer Olympics

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