Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Weightlifting – Super Heavywts – AUS Dean Lukin & USA Mario Martinez

DOG ASIDE: Mario Alvarez Martinez was an Olympic weightlifter for the United States….having been coached by Jim Schmitz.  Martinez was born and raised on a ranch in Salinas, California….where at a young age would strength train under a tree with a non-revolving exercise bar and weights. He would tie some of these weights on the bar…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track & Field – Mens Pole Vault USA Earl Bell & FRA Thierry Vigneron

DOG ASIDE: Earl H. Bell is a former world record-holding pole vaulter from the United States….winner of the bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics….and current coach to a number of the nation’s top men and women vaulters. At his last Olympic appearance, Bell finished fourth at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track & Field – Mens Pole Vault – ITA Barella & ESP Ruiz

DOG ASIDE:

As the men’s pole vault competition moved into the finals round…..there were 14 vaulters who made the medal round…..with 7 of the 14 competitors exiting the competition at the height of 17 ft. 8 1/’2 in…..and as depicted in this video clip…..the Italian Mauro Barella and the Spaniard Alberto Ruiz.

 

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Highlights – Carl Lewis Broad Jump & Joaquim Cruz 800m & Valerie Brico-Hooks 400m

DOG ASIDE: ABC’s Jim McKay provides the viewer with video highlights of USA Carl Lewis winning the broad jump competition…..followed by USA Valerie Brisco-Hooks victory celebration after winning the women’s 400 m…..and USA Roger Kingdom’s gold medal 110 m hurdles gold medal race…..followed by a live satellite feed of Brazil’s Joaquim Cruz during the live…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track – Womens 200m – 2nd Heat – JAM Grace Jackson & USA Randy Givens

DOG ASIDE: Grace Jackson is a retired Jamaican athlete….who competed mainly in the 100 meters and 200 meters….reaching the 100 m and 200 m finals in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games….and the 200 m final in Barcelona in 1992.  Her breakthrough performance was at the 1988 Seoul Olympics….where she won a silver medal in…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track – Mens 200 m Heats – USA Thomas Jefferson

DOG ASIDE: Thomas Theodore Jefferson is an American former athlete who competed mainly in the 200 meter dash….winning the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Kent State University….where he was an outstanding sprinter….as Jefferson’s only real problem was that he was running at a time…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track – Mens 200 m Semi Finals – USA Kirk Baptista

DOG ASIDE: Kirk Baptiste (born June 20, 1962) is a retired American track and field athlete….who mainly competed in the 200 meters….winning the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with a time of 19.96 seconds….coming in second to USA Carl Lewis…..for this was the first time anyone had broken 20 seconds and come second…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track – Mens 400 m Finals – USA Alonzo Babers

DOG ASIDE: The Men’s 400 meters at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics had an entry list of 76 competitors….requiring ten qualifying heats (76)….four quarterfinals (32)….and two semi-finals (16)….before the final (7) took off….as the 8th competitor JAM Bert Cameron….was unable to run after making history in his semifinal heat…..so, I’ll give the legendary Jamaican 400 m…

Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track – Womens 100 m – 1st Round – USA Evelyn Ashford

DOG ASIDE: The legendary USA women’s sprinter Wilma Rudolph provides color commentary along side ABC’s Al Michaels….for this the 1st heat in the women’s 100 meter dash at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.  Wilma Glodean Rudolph (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was an American track and field sprinter…who competed in the 100 and…