Friday, January 3, 2014


To be honest with you, I missed out on much of the Los Angeles Olympics hullabaloo. It was in the middle of summer, and I'd barely arrived in France, spending the first few weeks in Paris with my mom before finally going to the South and staying the whole school year with the family (friends of my mom) who had generously accepted to have me. It's even quite possible that I'd already arrived in Clermont-L'Herault during the Olympics, but even then there was not much time for TV distractions then, initially at least.

Those few weeks in Paris were magical, and understandably I didn't spend much time in front of the TV (except for the occasional F1 race - more on that in future posts!). But it was still hard to ignore the biggest story of the Olympics (besides the boycott by the Eastern Bloc) that was Carl Lewis' performance: 4 gold medals at track and field! (I used to root for Calvin Smith at the time, but oh well)

The big story for the French was Pierre Quinon's gold at pole vault (a bit of an upset I believe, as fellow Frenchman Thierry Vigneron was considered the better of the two), but let's not forget that superstar Sergey Bubka wasn't there due to the boycott. Here's Bubka breaking one of his many world records in 1984:


  1. we left after the Olympics, but for obvious reasons the Olympics were not covered on TV, anyway I believe we were more excited about the European Championships the month or so before

  2. The very first movie we saw in the theaters in 1984 was 'les ripoux' with Thierry Lhermitte and Phillipe Noiret

  3. today's musical nugget

  4. Your first two musical nuggets were both on a mixtape a girl made for me! I'll make a post about it as soon as I can locate the tape!

    As for my arrival in France, I think it was around July 8th, because the Dallas GP took place on that day, and I remember reading an article about the race in the papers. I remember the article well because it talked about a a driver I didn't know (at the time) named Nigel Mansell who had a mechanical issue and he had to push the car till the finish line (enough to secure a valuable point for 6th place!), before collapsing from exhaustion.