Iconic images from the Olympic Games

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Explore images of Olympic history as celebrated in Time Out's book Olympic Games Through a Lens

Los Angeles 1984 Los Angeles 1984 - © Getty Images
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After the financial troubles that beset the Montreal 1976 games, only Los Angeles was prepared to bid for the 1984 Olympics. It was the first games to have no public funding and was an impressive demonstration of American capitalist flamboyance that set the pattern for all games that followed. A record 140 nations participated and Los Angeles 1984 was carried by the exuberance and showmanship of its organisers, not least for allowing Bill Suitor to fly into the opening ceremony using his jetpack.


Find more memorable images and fascinating stories in Time Out's new book, 'Olympic Games Through a Lens', which is currently available in the Time Out Shop. The book is a photographic survey of the history of the Olympic Games to date, from Athens 1896 to Beijing 2008.



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