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1984: The Floor Music of the Los Angeles Olympics

A big theme in 1984: American movies

Given that Los Angeles is the heart of American cinema, it makes sense. There were songs from movies like Night Shift, Indiana Jones, Rocky, and James Bond.

Another theme: Americana.

In addition to the emphasis on American TV and films, there were plenty of other American moments — from Szabo’s routine to “Hooked on America” to Wu’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” to Bileck’s “Rodeo” montage. (Rodeo is a ballet composed by American composer Aaron Copland.) 

Ecaterina Szabo, Romania, gold medallist (Photo by S&G/PA Images via Getty Images)

Below, you can find a partial list of floor music used at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. If you have any corrections or additions, feel free to use the comments at the bottom of this page.

Note: The Spotify playlist does not include all the songs mentioned below, and sometimes, it includes a different version of a song.


Brazil

Figueiredo, Tatiana

“Going the Distance,” Bill Conti (Rocky)


Canada

Wittmeier, Bonnie

That’s What Friends Are For,” Rod Stewart (Night Shift) 

Tudos, Jessica

“Help,” Charles Fox (Foul Play)

“Foul Play Disco,” Charles Fox (Foul Play)


China

Ma Yanhong

“1980,” Herb Alpert

“Logan’s Run,” Geoff Love & His Orchestra (Logan’s Run)

Wu Jiani

“Entry of the Gladiators (Thunder and Blazes),” Louis-Philippe Laurendeau

“Stars and Stripes Forever,” John Philip Sousa

Note: “Entry of the Gladiators” is the song that Americans frequently associate with clowns and the circus.

Huang Qun

Indiana Jones Theme Song, John Williams


Great Britain

Harrison, Amanda

“Malagueña”

Young, Lisa

“Piano Sonata No. 15 in C Major, K. 545: 1. Allegro,” Mozart

Larner, Sally

“For Your Eyes Only,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (James Bond: For Your Eyes Only)


Romania

Szabo, Ecaterina

“Hooked on America,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Note: Lavinia Miloșovici used the same music at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Cutina, Laura

“La Torre del Oro,” Luis Cobos

“Zarzuela,” Luis Cobos

Grigoraș, Cristina

“Preludium Cmi,” ORM

Agache, Lavinia

“Bolero,” Maurice Ravel


Spain

Muñoz, Laura

“Sol y sombra,” Luis Cobos

“Españoleras,” Luis Cobos

Manso, Ana

“Jalousie,” Jacob Gade, Werner Müller und sein Orchester

Artigas, Marta

“Fanfare Intro/Reach Out I’ll Be There,” London Symphony Orchestra


Switzerland

Kessler, Romi

“Somewhere (Ballet),” Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story)

“Prologue & Jet Song,” Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story)


United States

Retton, Mary Lou

“Sanie cu zurgălăi,” Richard Stein

McNamara, Julianne

“Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 244: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor,” Liszt (Orchestral)

Johnson, Kathy

“Coppilia (Ballet Suite),” Léo Delibes

Dusserre, Michelle

“You Stepped out of a Dream,” Kurt Edelhagen

“Down by the Riverside,” Kurt Edelhagen

Talavera, Tracee

The HBO Introduction Music, Ferdinand J. Smith

Bileck, Pam

“Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday,” Aaron Copland

“4 Dance Episodes from Rodeo: IV. Hoe-Down,” Aaron Copland


Compulsory Music

Music by: Carol Stabisevski
Note: Stabisevski was the Romanian team’s pianist in the mid-1970s until he defected to the United States. You can read a bit more about him in this article.

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