By Matthew P Llewellyn,John Gleaves
Matthew P. Llewellyn and John Gleaves learn how this outstanding transformation came about. Drawing on Olympic information and a wealth of analysis throughout media, the authors research how an elite--white, prosperous, frequently Anglo-Saxon--controlled and formed an significantly strong delusion of amateurism. the parable assumed an air of naturalness that made it look unassailable and, now not by the way, served these in energy. Llewellyn and Gleaves hint professionalism's inroads into the Olympics from tragic figures like Jim Thorpe during the shamateur period of under-the-table funds and state-supported athletes. As they convey, the expanding acceptability of pros went hand-in-hand with the video games turning into a for-profit overseas spectacle. but the parable of amateurism's purity remained a powerful strength, influencing how humans world wide imagined and understood sport.
Timely and vibrant with information, The upward push and Fall of Olympic Amateurism is the 1st book-length exam of the movement's foundational ideal.