Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1964

Now that Boston (right down the road from us) was being considered, albeit for a short time, for the 2024 Olympics, for the first time I might add, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

1964 Summer Olympics — These Olympic games were awarded to Tokyo, Japan, and were held in October (10-10 to 10-24) to avoid the brutal heat of the summer and the September typhoon season. These were the first Olympics ever held in Asia. Soviet gymnast, Larisa Latynina, won a total of five (5) medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze), adding to her total number of medals in the Olympics (18), giving her the record for most medals awarded until Michael Phelps exceeded Larisa’s total in 2012. Bob Hayes of the United States won the 100 meter dash and later became only the second Olympic athlete to win gold and be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (the other was Jim Thorpe). The Soviet Union won the total medal count, with 96, but the US won the most gold medals (30).

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