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Encyclopedia > 1932 Summer Olympics
Games of the X Olympiad
Image:1932 Olympic emblem.gif

Host city Los Angeles, California, USA
Nations participating 37
Athletes participating 1,408 (1,281 men, 127 women)
Events 116 in 14 sports
Opening ceremony July 30
Closing ceremony August 14
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. US President Herbert Hoover did not attend the Games, becoming the first sitting head of government to not appear at an Olympics hosted in that country.[1] Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... The Olympic Oath is taken by an athlete and a judge at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. ... Montreals Olympic Stadium The Olympic Stadium is the name usually given to the big centrepiece stadium of the Summer Olympic Games. ... For board track racing circuit, see Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... The 1928 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the IX Olympiad, were held in 1928 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964), the thirty-first President of the United States (1929–1933), was a world-famous mining engineer and humanitarian administrator. ...


The organizing committee put no record of the finances of the Games in their report, though contemporary newspapers reported the Games had made a profit of US$1,000,000.[1] USD redirects here. ...

Contents

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 both matches, 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.
  • Takeichi Nishi ("Baron Nishi") was the gold medalist with his horse Uranus in the equestrian show jumping individual event. Nishi's gold medal is Japan's only gold medal in the equestrian event to this day. Nishi would later die in 1945 as an officer stationed in the defense of the island of Iwo Jima.
  • Jim Thorpe took part in the games as a press reporter.

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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 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 the courier arrived in L.A., the check was only worth $17. The check unfortunately bounced.
  • The Grand Olympic Auditorium (which hosted boxing, weightlifting, and wrestling) was the largest indoor arena in the United States at the time, seating 15,300.

The Grand Olympic Auditorium is located at 1801 S. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California. ...

Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

At the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, 29 athletics events were contested, 23 for men and 6 for women. ... Final results for the Boxing competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics // Medals Results Flyweight (-50. ... The cycling competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles consisted of two road cycling events and four track cycling events, all for men only. ... The results of Diving at the 1932 Summer Olympics. ... The Equestrian Events at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games included Dressage (team and individual medals), Eventing (team and individual medals), and Show Jumping (individual medals). ... At the 1932 Summer Olympics, seven fencing events were contested. ... // Final standings: George Gulack 56. ... Final results for the Hockey competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics: Only a mens competition occurred that year. ... The Modern Pentathlon at the 1932 Summer Olympics Events Individual competition Categories: | ... Rowing at the 1932 Summer Olympics featured 7 events, for men only. ... At the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, four events in sailing were contested. ... When Shooting was reintroduced at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the extent of the competitions was far from those in the previous decades: it consisted of only two events, one rifle event and one pistol event, and no team events at all (which is still the case today). ... At the 1932 Summer Olympics, 11 swimming events were contested. ... Final results for the water polo tournament at the 1932 Summer Olympics: Categories: | ... The weightlifting competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles consisted of five weight classes, all for men only. ... At the 1932 Summer Olympics, 14 wrestling events were contested, for all men. ...

Demonstration sports

Lacrosse was a demonstration sport at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. ...

Participating nations

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A total of 37 nations were represented at the 1932 Games. Colombia and the Republic of China (with a single athlete) made their first appearance at the Olympic Games. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 370 pixel Image in higher resolution (1357 × 628 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/png) Countries which participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics, as listed at the olympic games museum, derived from blank world map. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 370 pixel Image in higher resolution (1357 × 628 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/png) Countries which participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics, as listed at the olympic games museum, derived from blank world map. ... For the Chinese civilization, see China. ...

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Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at these Games. This is the full table of the medal count of the 1932 Summer Olympics. ...

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States United States (host nation) 41 32 30 103
2 Italy Italy 12 12 12 36
3 France France 10 5 4 19
4 Sweden Sweden 9 5 9 23
5 Japan Japan 7 7 4 18
6 Hungary 6 4 5 15
7 Finland Finland 5 8 12 25
8 Great Britain Great Britain 4 7 5 16
9 Germany 3 12 5 20
10 Australia Australia 3 1 1 5

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References

  1. ^ a b Zarnowski, C. Frank (Summer 1992). "A Look at Olympic Costs". Citius, Altius, Fortius 1 (1): 16-32. Retrieved on 2007-03-24. 

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External links

  • IOC Site on 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Link to 1932 Olympic Logo
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