The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games

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"The Olympics at the Millennium" offers groundbreaking essays that explore the cultural politics of the Games. The contributors investigate such topics as the emergence of women athletes as cultural commodities, the orchestrated spectacles of the opening and closing ceremonies, and the alternative sport culture offered via the Gay Games. Unforgettable events and decisions are discussed: Native American athlete Jim Thorpe winning--and losing--his two gold medals in 1912. Why America was one of the few countries to actually ...

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