Curiosities of the Los Angeles 1932 Olympics

los angeles 1932 – The Olympic Games in Los Angeles marked the second participation of the United States as the venue for the event.

– There were fears that the event would not be successful. The country felt the effects of the great crisis generated by the bankruptcy of the New York Stock Exchange, 1929. In addition, the hosts feared that the athletes of the old world would not give prestige to the games.

– In these games there was a lot of technical progress, I use photography for the first time finish line, a system of umlauts that covered the entire stadium through which the athletes could listen to the anthems of their respective countries.

– There were electric stopwatches, projection of the daily summary of the competition and even a huge luminous board that gave the classifications of the sports in dispute at the moment, also as a great novelty, the Olympics were broadcast to practically the whole world.

– The 1932 Olympic Games were the first in extending over sixteen days. Its duration later remained between fifteen and eighteen days, while between 1900 and 1928, none of the Games lasted less than seventy-nine days.

– The organizing committee built a stadium at the time, with luxurious facilities. More than 100 thousand people filled the Coliseu Memorial.

Memorial Coliseum 1932
Memorial Coliseum 1932

– The great distance between Europe and Los Angeles caused a considerable decrease in the number of competitors: 1,131 with 127 women. Despite this, 40 Olympic and 16 world records were broken.

– The United States swept the medal table with 41 gold medals, well above second place Italy, which obtained 12.

– Japan’s Kusuo Kitamura, aged 14, won the 1500m freestyle swim and became the the youngest competitor to win a gold medal.

– The public also exceeded expectations. In no event was there so much popular participation. In the intervals, the public could have fun, as the commission organized several shows.