Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: August 6, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Participants: 195 (156 men and 37 women) from 28 countries
Youngest Participant: Enrique Míguez (18 years, 146 days)
Oldest Participant: Wolfgang Hartl (43 years, 187 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): Sweden and Canada (6 medals)
The 1984 canoeing (and rowing) competition was held on Lake Casitas in the Las Padres National Forest, in Ventura County, California. Lake Casitas is an artificial lake that was created in 1959 with the construction of the Casitas Dam on Coyote Creek. The program for 1984 was the same for men as it has been from 1976-2008, with nine events, five in kayaks and four in Canadian canoes. Women first competed in Olympic canoeing in 1948 with a kayak singles event, adding a kayak doubles in 1960. In 1984, women finally were given a third event with the addition of kayak fours.
The 1984 canoeing events were severely affected by the Soviet-led boycott as canoeing is primarily a European sport, especially popular in Eastern Europe. In their absence, New Zealand’s Ian Ferguson starred by winning three kayak gold medals, and Sweden’s Agneta Andersson won two gold medals among the women.