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The Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an This was the highest number of nations represented at any Games to date.
not implemented as the President of the United States Olympic Committee, the Irish Olympic Council in athletics events led the Irish Free State to boycott.
Synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics debuted in Los Angeles as Olympic events, as did wind surfing.
Li Ning from the People's Republic of China won 6 medals in gymnastics, 3 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze, earning him the nickname "Prince of Gymnasts" in China.
Carlos Lopesfrom Portugal, won the Marathon at the age of 37, with a time of 2: It was the first gold medal ever for Portugal.
A marathon for women was held for the first time at the Olympics won by Joan Benoit of the U.
Li would later light the Olympic Cauldron at the Olympics.
At the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, the aerials discipline of freestyle skiing officially debuted.At the Summer Games held in Moscow, women's field hockey debuted.The underdog Zimbabwean team pulled off a major upset, winning the gold, the nation's first ever Olympic medal.This meant that any sports that were included in the Olympic programme prior to could continue to exclude female participants at the discretion of the sport's federation.Freestyle skiing also debuted at the Games, where women competed in the moguls discipline.