Los Angeles on Monday marked the 75th anniversary of the 1932 summer Olympic
Games held in the city.
City officials lit the the Olympic Torch at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as
a show of keeping the Olympic spirit. The torch will remain lit for 24 hours.
"We have a great tradition in Los Angeles in support of the Olympic movement
dating to our first games in 1932 and again in 1984," said City Councilman Tom
LaBonge. "By marking this anniversary today, we keep that spirit going as well
as our ambition to host the Olympic Games a third time in our lifetime."
Councilman Bernard C. Parks, county Supervisor Yvonne Burke and Southern
California Committee for the Olympic Games President David Simon also
participated in the ceremony.
The 1932 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the X Olympiad,
drew 37 nations' participants in 116 separate events, involving 1,408 men and
127 women. Tenth Street, a major thoroughfare in Los Angeles, was renamed
Olympic Boulevard in honor of the games.
"On this, the 75-year anniversary of the 1932 Olympic Games, it is important
that we salute our great city, the greatest athletes in the world and our
historic Memorial Coliseum for the roles they all have played in keeping the
Olympic Spirit alive," said Parks.
There are five surviving Olympians who participated in the 1932 Summer
Olympic Games and all are now living in California.
"Today's ceremony is a reminder that the 1932 Olympic Games were considered
at the time the most successful ever held, and that they made possible the
eventual success of the 1984 games," Simon said.