1984 Olympics Day 8 Track & Field Womens Heptahlon Gold Medalist Glynis Nunn

DOG ASIDE: A heptathlon is a track and field combined events contest made up of seven events.  The name derives from the Greek hepta (seven) and athlon (contest).  There are two heptathlons….the women’s heptathlon and the men’s….composed of different events. The men’s heptathlon is older and is held indoors….while the women’s is held outdoors and was introduced in…

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1984 L A Olympics Day 8 Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Heat 3

DOG ASIDE: Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics was held at the McDonald’s Olympic Swim Stadium….located on the USC campus. There was a total of 494 participants from 67 countries competing. This was the first Olympic games at which only two swimmers per country were permitted. Previously, three swimmers were allowed and many countries….most often…

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1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics Men’s 500m Speed Skating Finals With USA Eric Heiden

DOG ASIDE: The 1984 Lake Placid Winter Olympics provided a champion speed skater of the highest order….who set a standard that may never be equaled again in the Olympic Games…..by winning a gold medal in every distance in the speed skating competition (5).  Sportscaster Keith Jackson interviews the incredible athlete after winning the 500m speed…

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1984 L A Olympic Profile Of Mens Wrestling 70 Kg Gold Medal Winner USA Jeff Blatnick Cancer Survivor

DOG ASIDE: Jeffrey Carl “Jeff” Blatnick (July 26, 1957 – October 24, 2012) was an American super heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler and sports commentator. He won NCAA Division II heavyweight wrestling championships in 1978 and 1979….and won the Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984 after battling back from cancer.  After radiation therapy helped to…

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1984 L A Olympics Day 10 Mens Volleyball Argentina vs South Korea

DOG ASIDE: Volleyball at the Summer Olympics has been contested as an indoor sport ever since IT was introduced at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. The history of Olympic volleyball can be traced back to the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics….where volleyball was played as part of an American sports demonstration event. Its addition to the Olympic program,…

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High On Love With The Special Olympics

DOG ASIDE: Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an incredible woman of power and influence….which all paled by comparison to her heart and vision. In 1968, this woman of inspiration founded The Special Olympics. The Special Olympics  is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities….providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5…

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Prelude To 1980 Moscow Olympics With Mens 100m USA Carl Lewis VS Canadian Ben Johnson

DOG ASIDE: There were so many USA athletes who were robbed of the opportunity of going to the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics…..men and women of all shapes, sizes and ages…..had trained, practiced and sacrificed….just to make the 1980 USA Olympic Team….to have it just swept away by a politician with power.  This clip highlights just…

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1984 L A Olympics Day 7 Womens Handball Competition USA vs West Germany imasportsphile

DOG ASIDE: There are a few sports that are foreign to this lil ole Sportsphile….cuz when I think of handball….I think of a small black rubber ball…small enough for a good ball for a Chiweenie to play with…..with the game being played predominately in a small closed in court with a glass back wall….and there…

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