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The Games of the Xth Olympiad were openedon Saturday, July 30th, by the HonourableCharles Curtis, Vice-President of the UnitedStates of America, who had been delegated torepresent President Herbert Hoover, as the nationalpolitical situation demanded the President's presencein Washington. The Games ended with the customaryclosing ceremony on Sunday, August 14th.The Games were outstanding by reason of thewidespread interest and unusual enthusiasm shownby the general public. The policy of the OrganisingCommittee during four years, consisted not only intaking care of the physical preparations for thecompetitions, but in familiarising the public with theOlympic idea, [and] was crowned with success. Morethan one hundred thousand persons filled the Stadiumduring the Opening Ceremony and the emotionexperienced by this audience will leave anunforgettable memory with those who have followedthe development of the Olympic movement from theday when Baron Pierre de Coubertin expressed hisideas at the Sorbonne. For the first time the OlympicHymn, by Mr. Bradley Keeler, was rendered. The cycling track at Pasadena, the rowing courseat Long Beach, the Riviera Country Club for theequestrian sports, the various stadia for fencing,wrestling, boxing, etc. surpassed by far anything thathad been done before. Records were broken everyday and the art competitions marked a notableimprovement over those in the past. Miss LeilaMechlin can feel justly proud to have directed theexhibition of the works of art at the Museum,especially so in view of the fact that by reason ofdifficulties encountered during the installations, shewas unable to have the rooms which had beenpromised her. Finally, the Olympic Village will certainly remain asthe masterpiece of the Xth Olympiad. It realised themost perfect conception of the Olympic idea. ThisVillage consisted of a group of communities where,without police, each athlete, his own master, lived infriendship with his neighbours. The excellent relationsestablished in this fashion among the variouscompetitors were probably responsable for theharmony which existed during all contests, unless this should be attributed to the happiness of living inthe ideal climate of California, where the sun bathesthe land in its rays, where the heat is tempered www.olympic.orgOLYMPIC REVIEW77PAST EXCERPTby the breezes from the Pacific and where the sky is always cloudless. It is difficult to name all those who have workedwith this enormous organisation, but in payinghomage to the efficiency of the work of each one, it iswell to cite especially that of Mr. Zack J. Farmer,General Secretary, assisted by Miss Julia C. Mayer, ofMr. H. O. Davis, Director of the Olympic Village, and ofMr. William M. Henry, Sports Technical Director.It is fortunate that facts have proved how great amistake was made by those pessimists who for thepast several months, predicted the failure of theGames of the Xth Olympiad. There was a largenumber of participants in spite of the difficultcircumstances. The Xth Olympiade Committee(Organising Committee) has rendered an outstandingservice to the Olympic cause by providing that thesuccess of the Olympic Games is assured, no matterin what continent they may be held. In addition to the banquet given by the OrganisingCommittee on the eve of the opening of the Games and the official dinners by the NationalCommittees of Great Britain, Italy and Japan,numerous receptions were organised by thehostesses as well as by the residents of Los Angeles,Hollywood, Long Beach and Pasadena who invited theofficials and athletes to balls, dinners, teas, gardenparties and visits to the studios. At the Olympic Villagethe athletes had an open-air theatre and a club-roomwhere they received their friends. Before leaving Los Angeles, the President of theIOC tendered his thanks, in the name of hiscolleagues, to the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles,the Honorable John C. Porter, to President WilliamMay Garland, to the two Vice-Presidents, Messrs. LeRoy Sanders and Maynard McFie, and to themembers of the Organizing Committee. Anxious tooffer a special token of gratitude to Messrs. Zack J.Farmer and H. O. Davis, Count de Baillet-Latourpresented them with a souvenir medal as a token ofhis great appreciation for the manner in which theyhave served the Olympic cause. ?AboveMildredDidrikson(nearest tocamera), one ofthe greatestfemale athletesof modern times,on her way togold in thewomen's 80mhurdles STEPBACKINTIME: OCTOBER1932OLYMPIC REVIEW CONTINUES ITS SERIES CHRONICLING THE MAGAZINE'S RICH HISTORY BYREPRINTING ITS REVIEW OF THE 1932 LOS ANGLES GAMES, WHICH OPENED 75 YEARS AGO

CLASSICOLYMPICIMAGESHELSINKI1952SAILINGLlanoria (USA) sails to the goldmedal in the sixes sailing event -the last Games in which that classwas held - successfully defendingthe title won four years earlier at theLondon Games. Llanoria continuedto compete in sixes eventsthereafter and still sails in regattastoday - more than half a centuryafter her golden Olympic moments.Photo: IOC