This picture was the symbol of the Friendship Games which took place in the summer of 1984. After the 1980 Olympic boycott, communist countries and other other countries who opposed the US decided they would boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics that took place in Los Angeles. The Boycotting countries formed the Friendship Games that year in substitution of the Olympics.
The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad held in Los Angeles. In response to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries including the Soviet, Cuba and East Germany boycotted the games.
Mary Lou Retton competes on the balance beam during the 1984 Summer Olympics at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Retton would win five medals at the 1984 Games - one gold (All-Around), two silver (Team, Vault) and two bronze (Uneven bars, Floor).
Joan "Joanie" Benoit-Samuelson. Won the 1979 Boston Marathon at age 22. Won it again in 1983 with the world-record time of 2:22:43. She won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in the first ever women's Olympic marathon.