Looks like we know who was streaming the Olympics at City Hall.
Like many Angelenos, city councilman Tom LaBonge is suffering Olympics broadcasting withdrawal -- enough that he's starting a bid to bring the games back to LA in 2032.
LaBonge announced the effort Tuesday at a city council meeting, reports KPCC. In making the case for Los Angeles, he drew attention to USC and UCLA's medal winners (25 and 12, respectively) and praised NASA's "Curiosity" mission.
The councilman is expected to present a formal motion to the city council Friday. He will call for LA to "explore a future bid," reports the Daily News.
"Los Angeles has the weather and the history," LaBonge said in a statement to the Daily News. "And now, with 45 London medals to Los Angeles' name, we have the athletes, too."
A Facebook page from 2010 reveals that other Angelenos have been thinking about the next LA Olympics long before LaBonge was. Called, "Los Angeles 2032 Olympics," the page asks fans, "Will you stand idle, or emerge with Los Angeles"?
While it may seem strange for councilmembers and others to float Olympic bid ideas decades beforehand, a lot of infrastructure needs to be completed before hosting an event of that magnitude. The LA Coliseum opened for business in 1923, and plans for AEG's Farmers Field stadium in downtown LA still aren't a sure bet until an NFL team can commit to the city.
Of course, global competition to host the games also necessitates years of planning from the eventual host city. LaBonge alludes to this in a draft of the motion, obtained by Daily News:
While other great cities of the world will be competing for consideration, perhaps from the African continent, it is the hope of Angelenos to one day host, for a third time, the Olympic Games.
LA has already hosted the Olympics twice; once in 1932 and again in 1984. If the city were to win the bid for 2032, Angelenos would also be able to mark a 100 year milestone.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the coliseum was built for the 1984 Olympics. We apologize for the error.
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The 201.5 meters
Eddie Tolan followed up his narrow win in the 100 meters with a win in the 200 meters. Both times Ralph Metcalfe (unlabeled runner) finished third. After the race, officials discovered that Metcalfe's lane was 1.5 meters too long. Metcalfe opted not to protest. He would later win gold in 1936 as part of the USA's 4 X 100 meter relay team. Photo dated August 4, 1932. <em>(Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>
In an era before television, the visuals for the rowing events at the 1932 Olympic Games wasn't as important as it is now. Then again, in 1932, people associated oil derricks with prosperity. This photo was taken at the Long Beach Marine Stadium. For 1984, Olympic rowing moved up to the much more pastoral Lake Casitas.<em>(Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Los Angeles Public Library) </em>
The less glamorous part of the Olympics
Unsurprisingly, the Olympic Grand Auditorium was the site of the 1932 Olympic boxing competition. This newspaper photo shows Canadian gold medalist, Horace "Lefty" Gwynne, taking on Germany's Hans Ziglarski (right) in the bantamweight final. <em>(Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Los Angeles Public Library) </em>
Not an intimate setting
Romeo Neri of Italy dominated the men's gymnastics competition in 1932. He won the all-around as well as the parallel bars. Italy won the team all-around as well. Despite the fact that spectators were a long way from the action, the cavernous Memorial Coliseum hosted the gymnastics competition. <em>(Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>
From the Coliseum to Iwo Jima
Baron Takeshi Nishi of Japan and his horse Uranus won the gold medal in the show jumping competition, held as one of the last events of the 1932 games. Nishi and Uranus were big hits in Hollywood social circles, especially Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. During World War II, Nishi eventually became a commander in the Japanese Army and died at Iwo Jima. His story was featured in Clint Eastwood's 2006 film <em>Letters from Iwo Jima</em>. <em>(Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>
Conquering the Albatross
Perhaps the most exciting race in the swimming competition in 1984 was the 4 X 200 meter freestyle relay. The American team had set a world record in qualifying, but the West German team was a co-favorite, because of the presence of Michael Gross, aka "The Albatross" (because of his 6'7" frame), who had won gold in the 200 meter freestyle. The Germans and Americans battled throughout the race, with the far less publicized Bruce Hayes out-touching Gross by .04 seconds at the end. Both the Americans and Germans broke the world record by over three seconds. In 1990, Hayes competed in the third Gay Games, held in Vancouver, and has gone on to be a prominent spokesperson for gay athletes throughout the world. Photo dated: July 31, 1984. <em>(Photo by Javier Mendoza: Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>
During the 1984 Olympic Games, most of the world was focused on Carl Lewis, who won four gold medals with relative ease. However, Edwin Moses may have been the biggest favorite in any event. Moses dominated the relatively obscure 400 meter hurdles, winning gold in 1976, missing out in 1980 because of a boycott, and then wiping out the field in 1984 for what was then his 89th straight win in the finals of the event.<em> (Photo by Paul Chinn: Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>
Women finally go the distance
Women had been competing in the Olympics since 1900, but they were never allowed to run in track events longer than 800 meters after 1928 (until 1960, the longest distance was 200 meters). By 1984, women finally were given a marathon of their own. Joan Benoit Samuelson of the USA was the gold medalist, finishing the 26 mile, 385 yard course from Santa Monica City College to the Memorial Coliseum in 2:24.52. <em>Photo by Chris Gulker: Herald-Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library</em>
A happy dude
Not many people in America paid attention to Greco-Roman wrestling, but Jeff Blatnick's gold medal in the Super-Heavyweight class made everyone take notice. Just two years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, Blatnick took the gold. Interviewed immediately after the match, Blatnick, in tears, said, "I'm a happy dude!" Photo dated: August 3, 1984. <em>(Photo by Paul Chinn: Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>
The 1984 men's basketball team at the Olympics was still comprised of collegians. Without the presence of the Soviet Union or Yugoslavia, they had little trouble winning gold. In this photo, Patrick Ewing prepares to swat away a shot from a West German player. <em>(Photo by James Ruebsamen: Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>
The final event
Carlos Lopes of Portugal (wearing 723) runs in the men's marathon which was the final event of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Lopes's time was 2:09:21. <em>(Photo by Chris Gulker: Los Angeles Herald Examiner Collection, Los Angeles Public Library)</em>