L E’s Stories – “Considered World’s Greatest Athlete At Age 17 And Again At 21” – The Bob Mathias Story

Bob Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete….who was a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event…..a United States Marine Corps officer…..Hollywood actor…. and United States Congressman representing the state of California.  Mathias was born in Tulare, California….where he attended Tulare Union High School….when he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness….who was the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist.  While at Tulare…

Music – 1984 – God Save The Queen – At Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal Ceremony Of GBR Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson is an English former decathlete…..who won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 and in Los Angeles in 1984…..while breaking the world record for the event on four different occasions…..and with four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth  titles and wins in the World and European Championships, Thompson is considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – USA Valerie Briscoe Hooks Gold Medal Ceremony Women 400m

Valerie Brisco-Hooks was an Olympic track and field athlete at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics….where  she became only the 2nd American woman, after Wilma Rudolph, to win three gold medals in track….and becoming the first Olympian (female or male) to win gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter races at a single Olympics. Our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was at…

Music – 1984 – Yugoslavia National Anthem – Olympic Medal Ceremony For Mens Water Polo Gold Medal

“Hey, Slavs“ is a patriotic song dedicated to the Slavic peoples ….which was used as the national anthem of various countries during the 20th century….as its lyrics were first written in 1834 under the title “Hey, Slovaks“ (“Hej, Slováci”) by Samuel Tomášik….and it has since served as the ethnic anthem of the Pan-Slavic movement….organizational anthem of the Sokol physical education and political movement….and…

Music – 1984 – The Star Spangled Banner – Equestrian Gold Medal For USA Joe Fargis & Touch Of Class

Before the 1982 World Championships, the American equestrian team went to Hickstead….as a warm-up for the event….when Joe Fargis had a fall that broke his leg….and he was sidelined for much of the rest of the year….but by fall 1982, Fargis was competing again….while riding the mare Touch of Class….while winning classes at Pennsylvania National,…

Music – 1984 – Romania National Anthem – Olympic Track Womens 3000m Gold Medal Of Maricica Puica

Maricica Puică is a retired Romanian middle-distance runner…..who is the 1984 Olympic champion in the 3000 meter race…..and one of the greatest female middle-distance runners of the 1980’s……as she was also a two time winner of the World Cross Country Championship in 1982 and 1984….while breaking the world record for the mile in 1982….and seen in this video herewith being presented the gold medal…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – Mary Lou Retton Medal Ceremony

We have compiled quite a collection of various renditions of The Star Spangled Banner here at ImaSportsphile….for ONLY in America could there be such a thing as a Sportsphile….not to mention and ImaSportsphile web page that features to date some 5300 vintage sports, comedy, music, tv specials, news and tv ads video library….so, it is only fitting…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – L A Olympics Dream Team Gold Medal

As I post this particular video herewith….in which the 1984 All American Olympic Band plays the “Star Spangled Banner” at the medal ceremony for men’s basketball….after the USA team receives their gold medals….and it makes me think about how times have changed since 1984….for here we are in year 2020….when athletes all over sports in America are kneeling…

Music – 1980 – Star Spangled Banner – At Lake Placid Olympics Mens Hockey USA Gold Medal Ceremony

The “Miracle on Ice“ was a medal-round game during the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York….which was played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games….and were the favorites to win once more in…