Games of the XXIII Olympiad
Although a boycott led by the Soviet Union depleted the field in certain sports, a record 140 nations took part, with China sending a team for the first time since 1952.
Canada fielded its largest team ever in Los Angeles, 273 men and 163 women, second in size only to the U.S. team. Canadians won an unprecedented 44 medals: 10 gold, 18 silver and 16 bronze.
Led by the swimming team which amassed 10 of the medals, (including four gold), Canada had medallists in 14 sports and Olympic champions in six. Canada shone in and on the water, with six medals in canoeing, six more in rowing, three in yachting and a gold in diving to add to the swimming total. Shooter Linda Thom set the target with Canada’s first gold medal of the games. Alex Baumann set two world records in winning two gold medals in swimming. Victor Davis set another in his gold medal performance and also won a silver. Anne Ottenbrite won the fourth gold medal in the pool. Lori Fung won the first Olympic gold in rhythmic gymnastics, a feat repeated by Sylvie Bernier in diving. Larry Cain and the team of Alwyn Morris and Hugh Fisher brought home canoeing gold medals, and the men’s eight crew rowed its way to gold.
Olympic Oath (athletes): Edwin Moses (athletics)
Olympic Oath (officials): Sharon Weber (artistic gymnastics)
Olympic Oath (coaches): None
Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Rafer Johnson
Official Opening: President Ronald Reagan