By Linda K. Fuller
This ebook examines women's participation within the Olympic video games due to the fact they have been allowed to be integrated in that international area. utilizing a holistic, social clinical technique, and emphasizing the rhetoric of recreation mediatization, Female Olympians reports the literature relative to sexism, racism, and ageism prior to delivering ancient, political, monetary, and socio-cultural views corresponding to the gendered language of Olympic reportage, spiritual concerns, women’s our bodies relative to their education for the video games, medicinal drugs and doping, and feminine Paralympians. With a variety of serious case reviews, never-before assembled facts, and private interviews with athletes, this quantity bargains insights that either examine and have a good time lady Olympians’ successes.
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Known as the “Happy Games,” 1964 Tokyo marked the ﬁrst Olympics in Asia (Collins, 2007)—the Land of the Rising Sun. Women’s volleyball was inaugurated as women’s ﬁrst team sport, the Japanese team defeating the Soviet Union to win Gold in a live global telecast, along with the women’s pentathlon (high jump, hurdling, shot-put, long jump, and sprint), Irina Press (URS) garnering the most points. Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska garnered Gold in the individual all-around, vault, and balance beam, a feat she repeated, along with the uneven bars, at 1968 Mexico City.
Kennedy at the White House, and being inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, the US Olympic Hall of Fame, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, we wince today at the nicknames “The Black Pearl” and “The Black Gazelle” that were used to describe such a talented athlete, who has left an incredible legacy. The Women’s Sports Foundation each year gives the “Wilma Rudolph Courage Award,” Sports Illustrated ranked her as one of the top 50 sports ﬁgures of the twentieth century, and the US Post Ofﬁce included her in a Distinguished Americans series of stamps.
There were some interesting individual achievements, such as Moroccan hurdler Nawal El Moutawakel winning the inaugural 400-m event and thus becoming the ﬁrst Arab woman champion (and, in 1998, the ﬁrst woman from a predominantly Islamic nation to be elected to the IOC). Mary Lou Retton (USA) was the ﬁrst non-Eastern European woman gymnast to win all-around, Connie Carpenter-Phinney (USA) the ﬁrst women’s individual cycling road race (and becoming the ﬁrst American to compete in both Winter and Summer),11 and archer Neroli Fairhall (NZL) appeared as the ﬁrst paraplegic.