The Great Depression provided the backdrop as the Games returned to the United States for the first time since the unbalanced activities of St Louis 1904.
1932 Games posterThe number of competing nations held up quite strongly but with lack of funds and great distances to travel, they sent smaller teams. The total of participants dropped well below 2,000, whereas in Amsterdam it had exceeded 3,000.
Whether or not the economics around the Games dictated the format is not clear, but for the first time outside Athens the schedule was compact rather than spread out over months on end. In that sense, Los AngelesRead More »from Olympic history: Los Angeles 1932