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Explaining Miracles and Nightmares: Identity, Politics, and Olympic Upsets

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dc.contributor.author Libero, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-31T22:25:15Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-31T22:25:15Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/25299
dc.description.abstract Graduate student conference held December 4-5, 2009 at the University of British Columbia. Panel 1: Score and Peace? - Revisiting the Olympic Myth moderated by Ursula Baer. Abstract: "This paper draws comparisons between sportswriters’ depictions of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” victory of the United States Olympic Hockey Team and the 2004 defeats of the United States Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. These events were enormous upsets, so unthinkable, in fact, that the explanations offered by American and international journalists spoke spoke much less to the actual sporting events than to the times in which they occurred. The American players, their opponents, and their respective styles of play were all imbued with meaning beyond the typical national fervor of the Olympic Games. Not merely warriors for national pride, the players’ success or failure was taken to be an indication of the nation’s foreign policy direction. Physical play and selfless teamwork became allegories, at times explicitly, for a hard line on communism and the exercise of “soft power” in Iraq. Analyzing accounts of these sporting events thus offers not only insight into the complex interaction of personal and national identity, but also a compelling argument for the importance of sport to the field cultural history." This presentation can be found at 00:18:57 - 00:37:33 in the recording. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ideology in Motion: On the Relationship of Sports and Politics; UBC Winter Games Event Series; University of British Columbia en
dc.title Explaining Miracles and Nightmares: Identity, Politics, and Olympic Upsets en
dc.type sound en
dc.description.affiliation Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, Dept of en
dc.description.affiliation Non UBC en
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en


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