Olympics 1984: Countdown to Los Angeles

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Putting on the Games

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The Russians and some of their friends are not coming, but the 1984 Summer Olympics are going ahead as scheduled. A visitor to Los Angeles cannot avoid seeing evidence of the Games—even months before they begin on July 28. He flies in on United Airlines (the official airline of the Olympics) and picks up a Toyota from Budget Rent-A-Car (the official car rental company) at Los Angeles International Airport, which has just undergone a two-year. $700 million renovation.

Making his way onto the freeway, he passes a car with special Olympics license plates and speeds by an artist painting an Olympics-inspired mural alongside an entrance ramp. He then sees an enormous billboard depicting America's top Olympic prospect, track ...

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