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 – 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 America Olympic Band + Chorus – The Olympic Anthem As Olympic Flag Is Taken Down

The Olympic Hymn is also known informally as the Olympic Anthem….is a choral cantata by opera  composer Spyridon Samaras….with lyrics by Greek poet Kostis Palamas…..as both poet and composer were the choice of the Greek Demetrius Vikelas….who was the first President of the International Olympic Committee. The anthem was performed for the first time for the ceremony of opening of the first edition at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece…..when in…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Stars & Stripes Forever – And The Dance Theatre Of Harlem

The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) is an American professional ballet company and school based in Harlem, New York City…..which was founded in 1969 under the co-directorship of Arthur Mitchell  and Karel Shook….while Milton Rosenstock served as the company’s music director. The Dance Theatre of Harlem is renowned for being both “the first Black classical ballet company” in the world….and “the first major ballet company to prioritize Black…

Music – 1984 – John Williams Boston Pops – Beethoven Ode To Joy – Highlights Of The L A Olympics

For a Sportsphile, there is nothing more magical than a really great piece of music put to highlights of really outstanding athletic endeavors….for this combination of music and sport is truly a match made in Heaven….so, when a Sportsphile gets to watch a video clip like this one….where legendary ABC Olympic  sportscaster Jim McKay introduces…

Music – 1980 – The Olympic Choir – Star Spangled Banner – Closing Ceremony Of The Lake Placid Games

Olympic Games ceremonies of the Ancient Olympic Games were an integral part of these Games….as the modern Olympic games have opening, closing and medal ceremonies. Some of the elements of the modern ceremonies harken back to the Ancient Games from which the Modern Olympics draw their ancestry…..as an example of this is the prominence of Greece in both the opening and closing…

Music – 1980 – Ludwig Van Beethoven – Ode To Joy – With Sights + Moments Of Lake Placid Olympics

“Ode to Joy“ is an ode (poem) written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller….and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza. “Ode to Joy” is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final (fourth) movement of…