This Day In Sports History (September 17th) – 1988 Summer Olympics
It was on this day in 1988 that the opening ceremonies were held for the 24th Summer Olympic Games. The Games took place in Seoul, South Korea, marking just the second time that the Summer Games were held in Asia.
The Soviet Union ran away with both the total medal count as well as the number of gold medals won. They finished the Games with 132 total medals—55 of them being golds—beating out East Germany who finished second in both categories. These would be the last Olympic Games for both of the powerhouse countries, as soon after the Soviet Union disbanded into several independent nations and the Berlin Wall was torn down to make East and West Germany a single country.
The 1988 Summer Olympic Games were most remembered for the controversial record breaking performance of Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson in the men’s 100 meter final. Check back next week for the September 24th edition of “This Day In Sports History” to get the full story.
Here is a clip from the Opening Ceremonies.
Mark Brunell, NFL – Born September 17th 1970 (age 43) in Santa Maria, California
Rasheed Wallace, NBA – Born September 17th 1974 (age 39) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Casey Janssen, MLB – Born September 17th 1981 (age 32) in Orange, California