The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, was a “Multi-sport event” made of 17 venues. We were there! It was a bonanza where 160 nations were represented by a total of 8,391 athletes: 11,331 media … 4,978 “Print media” and 6,353 “Broadcast media” who showed the Games all over the world.
These were the last Olympic Games for two of the world’s “dominating” sport powers, the Soviet Union and East Germany, as both ceased to exist before the next Olympics. It was the largest remote broadcast in history, and remained one of the most watched special events on television for 22 years.
Below are selected clips and key legendary moments with some World Class and record breaking Athletes, (Graff, Luganus, FloJo) we covered first-hand for NBC – and had the great fortune to witness, meet and interact with up-close and personal. Highlights included among many: an interview with Chris Everet seen by over 12 million people live during prime time… Flo Jo stands out too, partially because just 6 weeks later, we were back working with her and husband Al when she appeared on The Bob Hope Christmas show.