Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Lake Casitas, Los Padres National Forest, California
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: August 4, 1984
Romania was the only nation not taking part in the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Games that had won a medal in the women’s coxed quadruple sculls at either the Olympics or the World Championships. Even then, they had only been silver medalists in 1974 and 1977 and bronze medalists in 1979, 1981, and 1982, yet they were still the favorites in Los Angeles, which was the third and final time that this event would be held at the Olympics (it was replaced by the non-coxed quadruple sculls in 1988). The Romanians won their heat in the opening round, but they did not post the fastest time: the true excitement came in the other heat, where the Americans went neck and neck with the Danes and won their heat by the smallest margin possible: 0.01 seconds. These two nations put on a similarly enthralling show in the final: although Romania won gold comfortably, the United States and Denmark battled to the line for silver, with the former coming out ahead by another hair’s breadth: 0.05 seconds.