The 8 Forgotten Olympic Games

2.6.2014

By Kevin Okeeffe

Not every Olympic Games is a Sochi-level noisemaker; some have been lost to history's memory.

1932 Summer Olympic Games: Los Angeles

Did you remember LA hosted the Olympics? Did you remember they hosted them twice? The first LA Games, held during the Great Depression, brought in the worst attendance for the Olympic Games since 1904; even President Herbert Hoover skipped out. Thanks to limited and slow transportation options of the time, Los Angeles was a world away from most European and Asian nations, though 100,000 people did show up to the Opening Ceremony at the beautiful Memorial Coliseum. The second Games, in 1984, did much better  they’re considered the most financially successful modern Olympic Games.

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