The 1984 Olympics
The 1984 Olympics
By being less than promised, the L.A. Games are just living up to Olympic tradition. Still, they should be a spectacle worthy even of their host city
Carl Lewis
'I Do What I Want to Do'
As a favorite to win four gold medals in track and field, Carl Lewis is the definition of multitalented, but he's definitely a singular man
Track And Field
THE WAY IT MUST BE
An assessment of the top Olympic track and field events shows that the competition in L.A. will be very good, but athletes and fans will still wonder how much better it would have been without the boycott
The Albatross
THE ALBATROSS WILL FLY
This aquatic creature with an incredible 7'4‚Öù" wingspan is the Albatross—a.k.a. Michael Gross of West Germany—who has set world records in freestyle and butterfly and is the swimmer most likely to soar to a multiple gold medal Performance in Los Angeles
Swimming
THE U.S. WILL RULE THE POOL
Led by the likes of backstroker Rick Carey (right) and aided by the boycott, America's team could win gold in 20 of the 29 Olympic swimming events. The men should break a few world records, too
Buster Crabbe
A STAR WAS BORN
Dashing Buster Crabbe was the perfect hero for the '32 Games, to which Hollywood 'luminaries' flocked. He cracked Japan's dominance of men's swimming, then broke into the movies to become King of the Serials
Daley Thompson
HE'S A PERFECT 10
To world champion Daley Thompson of England, the decathlon is an event of such beauty that he gladly gives all his considerable speed, strength and fervor in trying to conquer it
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Photographic Credits
Jim McKay
You Can't Keep Him Down On The Farm
ABC war-horse Jim McKay, better known to friends as Maryland horseman Jimmy McManus, is charging out of the gate for his 10th and perhaps final Olympics
TV Listings
THE ABCs OF THE OLYMPICS ON TELEVISION
The times (E.D.T.) given below of the Games telecasts are according to ABC's schedule, but the listing of events for each broadcast is SI's view of what is most likely to be newsworthy during that time slot. The network will determine, as the Olympics in Los Angeles unfold, which events will be put on the air.
Tiina Lillak
THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE
Finland, Known for its male javelin throwers, now has a female champion in Tiina Lillak, who brings to her event a balance of strength and beauty
Basketball
IT CAN HAPPEN
The U.S. men's basketball team may be highly favored, but it's vulnerable to attack, and Spain, Italy and Yugoslavia are the assailants most likely to do the deadly deed
De Castella
A MAN WREATHED IN GLORY
Rob de Castella of Australia became the top marathoner—here laurels are bestowed on him as he wins the 1983 world title in Helsinki—by being impervious to injury, unvarying in his training and unswerving in his goals
DeWit And O'Sullivan
A Road Least Traveled
No Canadian has gone to the victory stand for an Olympic boxing gold medal since '32, but Toronto's Shawn O'Sullivan and Willie deWit, a son of the plains, should alter that
Who Are These Guys?
And why aren't they wearing skirts? After all, everyone knows field hockey in the U.S. is a girls' sport. Well, now some American boys have taken up the game for the Games
There's Gold on His Menu
For Yasuhiro Yamashita of Japan, an eater of Olympian proportions and possibly the best judo player in history, the competition in the Los Angeles Games should prove to be a real feast
Klaus Maran
Mary Lou Retton
It's Up To You, Mary Lou
Little Mary Lou Retton has vaulted so high that she may well do what no U.S. woman gymnast has ever done, win an Olympic medal—perhaps even a gold
Greg Louganis
NO ONE DOES IT BETTER
There's no surer bet for a gold medal than Greg Louganis of the U.S., a diver who is so skilled in his complex sport that he soars far above his rivals. Here's why
Gable
The Ultimate Winner
Dan Gable willed himself to become the best U.S. wrestler ever. Now he's applying his singular dedication to coaching the American team in L.A.
The Great Leap Upward
Appropriately, Zhu Jianhua of China was born in the Year of the Rabbit, for no man has jumped higher than he and only a very few are as skittish
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