Article - Olympic Games L.A.
OLYMPIC GAMES 1984 - LOS ANGELES
The Los Angeles Games were the biggest ever held, with over 10,000 sportsmen from 150 different countries participating in 24 branches of sport. About 8,000 journalists covered the event and they were served by the most up-to-date means of communications enabling them to transmit their reports at high speed in no less than 44 languages.
In the previous Olympics at which both East and West took part Montreal 1976 - the Soviets won 47 gold medals, the East Germans 40 and the Americans were in third place with 34. The Americans, along with 76 other countries including Israel, boycotted the 1980 Games which were held in Moscow.
The Israel delegation to the Los Angeles Games included some 50 sportsmen, of whom the most outstanding were Shimshon Bruckman and Eitan Friedlander, yachtsmen who distinguished themselves in numerous European and international contests.
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