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Wayback Wednesday - 1984 Olympics
September 16, 2020
Adam Bruce, row2k.com

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Brad Alan Lewis and Paul Enquist won gold in the men's 2x. Courtesy of Mike Modlin

Brad Alan Lewis and Paul Enquist won gold in the men's 2x. Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Canada took home gold in the men's 8+ followed by the US men for silver. Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
New Zealand took home gold in the men's 4- followed by the US men for silver.  Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Canada took home gold in the men's 8+ followed by the US men for silver. Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Brad Alan Lewis and Paul Enquist won gold in the men's 2x. Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Flags over the grand stands.  Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Gold medal for the New Zealand Men's 4-. Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Medal ceremony for the men's 8+. Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!
Final times for the men's 8+. Courtesy of Mike Modlin - Click for full-size image!


When the 1984 Games were held in Los Angeles, it had been 8 years since the US last participated in the Olympics. The 1980 Moscow Olympics was boycotted by the US and 66 other countries in protest of the Soviet Afghan war. row2k photographer Mike Modlin was in the stands 36 years ago, and recently sat down to scan in and share several of his photos.

Mike and his family were in the grandstands for the 84 Games on Lake Casitas. The day was hazy and he was shooting with a Pentax SLR and a Vivitar zoom. The US won 8 rowing medals during the games. The 1984 games also saw Steve Redgrave pick up his first gold medal in the coxed 4.

This is just a sampling of the photos Mike scanned in - the full gallery can be found here.

If you have any photos from back in the day, please send them to us!

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