On this day in 1984

June 21, 2017


Looking back at 1984, there were many significant moments in the month of June and over the summer.  In my last post, I wrote about the US Track & Field Olympic Trials at the LA Memorial Coliseum, where on June 17th, Joan Benoit Samuelson won the women’s 10,000-meter exhibition race and Julie Brown won the 5000-meter race.  Both of these women were already on the Olympic Marathon team.
(See:  https://www.jacquelinehansen.com/2017/06/04/a-day-in-l-a-1984/)

The reason these two track events were called “exhibition” races was because they were still not on the official Olympic program.  If you read the last post, you read all about the international class action lawsuit we brought against the Olympic Committee and the other governing bodies who ruled our sport.

Looking at the present, June 2017, we just celebrated Joan’s best known victory as the first women’s Olympic Marathon gold medalist in 1984, being honored yesterday, June 21st, mounting a plaque at the LA Coliseum alongside former President of LA84 Foundation and Olympian Anita De Frantz.

Among the people who gathered to honor these two extraordinary women yesterday, was a friend of mine, Sherrill Kushner, a lawyer who in 1984 published an article which is arguably the best summary of the lawsuit written.

Read Sherrill’s article:  Kushner_article_6pgs