Team athletics badge issued for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Bronze, 38 mm x 63 mm, 13 gm, manufactured by Whitehead & Hoag of Newark. The medal features the Olympics rings over shield and laurel branch, and is engraved “Xth Olympiad Los Angeles,” with number below, “488.” Suspended below the badge is a small orange ribbon with gold lettering, “Team Athletics”; ribbon is frayed and fragile, with a single thread connecting upper and lower halves. Badges with bronze medallions were issued to team managers, athletes and attendants, and to the press. Each athlete badge was serially numbered and bore a short piece of colored ribbon, which indicated the sport in which the athlete was a competitor. This is a competitor's badge for track and field—called 'Athletics'—issued for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Athletes such as Babe Didrikson, who won two gold medals, wore badges like this. These badges were good for admission to the athlete sections in the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Village, and to the training quarters at the apropos stadium.
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