This Day in History July 31, 1984

By Ruth on July 31, 2012 in American history, history
1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Gold Medal, Gymnastics Team
I can still remember this date.  In fact, they were just talking about this last night on the Olympics coverage.  The last time the USA men’s gymnastics team won gold was on this date in 1984.  It was the Olympics that was held in Los Angeles (I remember thinking it was strange that the Olympics were held in the U.S.–I thought they only held the Olympics in other countries!).  I thought it was the normal thing for the men’s gymnastic team to win gold!  I actually thought we were the best in the gymnastics–period.  After all, I had watched and fallen in love with Mary Lou Renton.
Until I was reading about this, I had forgotten that the Soviet Union boycotted this Olympics (since the U.S. had boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games).  This was the first time in history that the U.S. men’s gymnastics team had won gold.  The team was comprised of Tim Daggett, Bart Connor, Mitch Gaylord, James Hartung, Scott Johnson and Peter Vidmar.

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