Sports played a vital role in the social and cultural life of the former Soviet Union. The Soviet state sponsored countless programs to promote sporting activities, even constructing a new term, fizkultura , to describe sports culture. With Sport in the USSR , Mike O'Mahony asserts that the popular image of fizkultura was as dependent on its presentation as it was on its actual practice. Images of vigorous Soviet sportsmen and women were constantly evoked in literature, film, and folk songs; they frequently appeared ...

Sport in the USSR: Physical Culture--Visual Culture 2006, Reaktion Books

ISBN-13: 9781861892676