An artist’s illustration of the proposed Olympic Stadium for Detroit’s 1968 bid. The Stadium would have been located at the State Fair Grounds on Grand River in the heart of the city. Photo author’s own.

How Petty Squabbles And Political Infighting Cost A Generation The Chance To Experience A Summer Olympics In America Or: Does It Always Have To Be Los Angeles? Part Two: Detroit in the 1960s

By Benjamin Dettmar This is the second of two articles that looks at attempts by US cities to bring the summer Olympics to the US between Los Angeles’ successful bids in 1932 and 1984. The first piece concentrated on the 1940s and 1950s; this article will have an emphasis on Detroit, the bridesmaid of Olympic…

Athletics at the Los Angeles Olympic Stadium (now the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) during the 1932 summer Olympics. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

How Petty Squabbles And Political Infighting Cost A Generation The Chance To Experience A Summer Olympics In America Or: Does It Always Have To Be Los Angeles?

By Benjamin Dettmar This is the first of two articles that will look at attempts by US cities to bring the summer Olympics to the US between Los Angeles’ successful bids in 1932 and 1984. The first piece will concentrate on the 1940s and 1950s; both articles will have an emphasis on Detroit, the bridesmaid…

Five-Ring Circus

The cycle of national group bids to host the Olympic Games usually has not generated the type of openly negative discussion that occurred this year in the United States. From newspaper articles to blogs, to “Olbermann” on ESPN, Boston’s winning bid to represent the U.S. as a potential Summer Olympic site generated a firestorm of…