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.

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.

Sam the Olympic Eagle is the first thing that pops into your head, when anyone mentions the 1984 Summer Olympics. | 50 Things Only '80s Kids Can Understand

50 Things Only '80s Kids Can Understand

Sam the Olympic Eagle is the first thing that pops into your head, when anyone mentions the 1984 Summer Olympics. | 50 Things Only '80s Kids Can Understand

Loving The Smithsonian's Olympics pins: This women's gymnastics stamp is part of a series celebrating different sports and games played at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Loving The Smithsonian's Olympics pins: This women's gymnastics stamp is part of a series celebrating different sports and games played at the 1984 Summer 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.

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.

Sam the Olympic Eagle - Vintage Olympic Souvenir - Los Angeles - 1984 Summer Olympics  by thelittlebiker

Sam the Olympic Eagle - Vintage Olympic Souvenir - Los Angeles - 1984 Summer Olympics by thelittlebiker

Women's volleyball, featured on this 1984 Summer Olympics stamp, has been a feature of the Games since 1964.

Women's volleyball, featured on this 1984 Summer Olympics stamp, has been a feature of the Games since 1964.

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).

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).

ABC Sports 1984 Summer Olympics Highlights Los Angeles VHS New Sealed

Details about ABC Sports 1984 Summer Olympics Highlights Los Angeles VHS

ABC Sports 1984 Summer Olympics Highlights Los Angeles VHS New Sealed

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.

Samuelson in Marathon to celebrate Title IX

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.

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