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1932 Los Angeles Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States (July 30, 1932 to August 14, 1932)
Opening Ceremony: July 30, 1932 (opened by Vice-President Charles Curtis)
Taker of the Olympic Oath: George Calnan (athlete)
Closing Ceremony: August 14, 1932
Events: 131 in 18 sports

Participants: 1,921 (1,719 men and 202 women) from 47 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Ralph Flanagan (13 years, 241 days)
Oldest Participant: CAN George Gyles (54 years, 261 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 4 medals
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (110 medals)

Overview

The Olympics came to America in 1932, but the depression and the travel distance from Europe kept the international turnout low. Less then half as many athletes competed as in 1928 as many nations sent only small squads. The Games saw the introduction of automatic timing in track & field, and an Olympic Village (although there had been a small one in 1924). The political situation was becoming a bit more tenuous in 1932, although that would only worsen in the ensuing decade. Japan had recently taken over the Chinese province of Manchuria, and tried to enter athletes in the Olympics from the state it called Manchukuo, but without success. In retaliation, China sent a lone athlete to the Olympics, Liu Changchun, who ran in the 200 metres.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 44 36 30 110
2 Italy 12 12 12 36
3 Finland 5 8 12 25
4 Sweden 10 5 9 24
5 Germany 5 12 7 24
6 France 11 5 4 20
7 Japan 7 7 4 18
8 Great Britain 5 7 5 17
9 Hungary 6 5 5 16
10 Canada 2 5 9 16
11 Poland 3 2 4 9
12 Netherlands 2 5 1 8
13 Denmark 0 5 3 8
14 Czechoslovakia 1 3 2 6
15 Australia 3 1 1 5
16 South Africa 2 0 3 5
17 Austria 1 1 3 5
18 Argentina 3 1 0 4
19 Philippines 0 0 3 3
20 Ireland 2 0 0 2
21 Mexico 0 2 0 2
22 India 1 0 0 1
23 Latvia 0 1 0 1
24 Switzerland 0 1 0 1
25 New Zealand 0 1 0 1
26 Uruguay 0 0 1 1
27 Spain 0 0 1 1
28 Belgium 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 István Pelle (HUN) 2 2 0 4
2 Giulio Gaudini (ITA) 0 3 1 4
3 Heikki Savolainen (FIN) 0 1 3 4
4 Romeo Neri (ITA) 3 0 0 3
5 Helene Madison (USA) 3 0 0 3
6 Babe Didrikson (USA) 2 1 0 3
7 Gustavo Marzi (ITA) 1 2 0 3
8 Alex Wilson (CAN) 0 1 2 3
9 Phil Edwards (CAN) 0 0 3 3
10 Xavier Lesage (FRA) 2 0 0 2
11 Attilio Pavesi (ITA) 2 0 0 2
12 Philippe Cattiau (FRA) 2 0 0 2
13 Jean Piot (FRA) 2 0 0 2
14 György Jekelfalussy-Piller (HUN) 2 0 0 2
15 Savino Guglielmetti (ITA) 2 0 0 2
16 Hugh Edwards (GBR) 2 0 0 2
17 Yasuji Miyazaki (JPN) 2 0 0 2
18 Ivar Johansson (SWE) 2 0 0 2
19 Bill Carr (USA) 2 0 0 2
20 Eddie Tolan (USA) 2 0 0 2
21 Harry Chamberlin (USA) 1 1 0 2
22 Charles Marion (FRA) 1 1 0 2
23 Charles Pahud de Mortanges (NED) 1 1 0 2
24 Earl Thomson (USA) 1 1 0 2
25 Louis Chaillot (FRA) 1 1 0 2
26 Guglielmo Segato (ITA) 1 1 0 2
27 Jacques van Egmond (NED) 1 1 0 2
28 Géo Buchard (FRA) 1 1 0 2
29 Giancarlo Cornaggia-Medici (ITA) 1 1 0 2
30 Georgia Coleman (USA) 1 1 0 2
31 Mickey Galitzen (USA) 1 1 0 2
32 Harold Smith (USA) 1 1 0 2
33 Volmari Iso-Hollo (FIN) 1 1 0 2
34 Tommy Hampson (GBR) 1 1 0 2
35 Endre Kabos (HUN) 1 0 1 2
36 Mario Lertora (ITA) 1 0 1 2
37 Eleanor Garatti-Saville (USA) 1 0 1 2
38 Chuhei Nanbu (JPN) 1 0 1 2
39 Billie von Bremen (USA) 1 0 1 2
40 Ugo Pignotti (ITA) 0 2 0 2
41 Al Jochim (USA) 0 2 0 2
42 Willy den Ouden (NED) 0 2 0 2
43 Hilda Strike (CAN) 0 2 0 2
44 Carlo Agostoni (ITA) 0 1 1 2
45 Joe Levis (USA) 0 1 1 2
46 Frank Haubold (USA) 0 1 1 2
47 Jerzy Braun (POL) 0 1 1 2
48 Jerzy Skolimowski (POL) 0 1 1 2
49 Janusz Ślązak (POL) 0 1 1 2
50 Arthur Jonath (GER) 0 1 1 2
51 Ralph Metcalfe (USA) 0 1 1 2
52 Hiram Tuttle (USA) 0 0 2 2
53 Clarence von Rosen, Jr. (SWE) 0 0 2 2
54 Bernhard Britz (SWE) 0 0 2 2
55 George Calnan (USA) 0 0 2 2
56 Frank Righeimer (USA) 0 0 2 2
57 Einari Teräsvirta (FIN) 0 0 2 2
58 Valerie Davies (GBR) 0 0 2 2
59 Nikolaus Hirschl (AUT) 0 0 2 2
60 Lasse Virtanen (FIN) 0 0 2 2

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