POSTED: July 28th 2017

LA84 Games volunteers celebrated on 33rd Anniversary of Opening Ceremony

LA84 Games volunteers celebrated on 33rd Anniversary of Opening Ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum © LA 2024
LA84 Games volunteers celebrated on 33rd Anniversary of Opening Ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum © LA 2024

Memories and pictures of the 1984 Games © LA 2024
Memories and pictures of the 1984 Games © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles (LA) 2024 honored the volunteers of the LA 1984 Olympic Games at a celebratory reunion at the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum. The reunion also honored the 33rd anniversary of the 1984 Games' Opening Ceremony.

LA 2024 bid leaders applauded the volunteers for making the 1984 Games a success, sighting their contributions as a primary factor for the overwhelming support the bid has received from Angelenos to bring the Games back to the City of Angels.

"It's a thrill to be at the LA Coliseum celebrating the men and women who volunteered to make the 1984 Olympic Games such a resounding success. The more than 30,000 volunteers of the LA 1984 Games set a tremendous and inspiring example for our bid committee," expressed LA 2024 CEO, Gene Sykes.

Over 200 LA 1984 volunteers joined the event, along with Olympic champions and LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Commission members, Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci.

"Every day was memorable.  The warm feeling of camaraderie among the volunteers was extraordinary - we felt like family. It was exciting to greet the athletes daily as they arrived at LAX, and to make them feel so comfortable to be here in LA for the 1984 Summer Olympics," commented Sam Wildman. Wildman served as a greeter and hostess at LA International Airport.

Connor delivered the keynote speech stating, "Simply put, the Games cannot happen without the help of volunteers. They are the soul of the Games. Volunteers are essential to ensuring athletes have everything they need to perform at their very best come competition day. The volunteers at the '84 Games were unparalleled in their enthusiasm, work ethic, and passion. It's an honor to be here today to celebrate their contributions to the '84 Games and the Olympic Movement." 

"[I have] so many memories, but watching athletes return in triumph to the UCLA Village with their medals was special," expressed Ted Mergenthaler, 1984 volunteer at the Olympic Village at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  

In addition, LA 2024 has pledged to build on LA 1984's powerful legacy of volunteerism. They started by establishing a first-of-its-kind Volunteer Service Program and since its inception, LA 2024 has drawn in more than 12,000 volunteers.

Sykes said, "The power of the Games and Angelenos' enthusiasm to help each other is such that LA 2024 has already been able to attract more than 10,000 volunteers who are ready to serve our city today. We relish the opportunity to continue the Volunteer Program in the event that LA is awarded a Games, so that Games-time visitors are not only welcomed by a dedicated and experienced team of volunteers with detailed knowledge of the LA Games Plans, but also are provided world-class service as a result of volunteers that have been deeply involved with the bid and organizing committees in the years leading up to the Games."

LA is bidding against Paris to host the 2024 olympics however it looks like next week there will be an annuoncement that they will make a deal with the IOC to host 2028 instead. 

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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