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The Salt Lake City Scandals and the Ancient Olympic Games

The Salt Lake City Scandals and the Ancient Olympic Games 194sh08.qxd 28/11/2002 09:25 Page 169 The Salt Lake City Scandals and the Ancient Olympic Games NIGEL CROWTHER Bribery, physical attacks on competitors before the games, ‘home-town’ decisions, political intervention on behalf of athletes, boycotts, conflicts of interest… The purists proclaim that we have strayed far from the days of the ancient games at Olympia. Perhaps we have, but all these scandals and more can be documented in the so-called glory days of Greece. This essay results from certain incidents at the Winter Olympic games of 2002 in Salt Lake City, and uses these and several other notable examples from recent Olympics to draw together some parallels (and differences) between the modern and the ancient games. Legal Means of Enhancing Performance: Diets, Aerodynamic ‘Costumes’ and Sexual Abstinence Over the years athletes have experimented with various supplements, special diets and numerous other means in an attempt to gain an advantage over their competitors. The ancient Greeks too experimented in similar ways for the same purpose. Charmis of Sparta trained for the stade (a race of about 200 metres) on a diet of dried figs. After he was victorious at Olympia in 668 BC following this regimen (Africanus sub anno), dried figs http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the History of Sport Taylor & Francis

The Salt Lake City Scandals and the Ancient Olympic Games

International Journal of the History of Sport , Volume 19 (4): 10 – Dec 1, 2002
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194sh08.qxd 28/11/2002 09:25 Page 169 The Salt Lake City Scandals and the Ancient Olympic Games NIGEL CROWTHER Bribery, physical attacks on competitors before the games, ‘home-town’ decisions, political intervention on behalf of athletes, boycotts, conflicts of interest… The purists proclaim that we have strayed far from the days of the ancient games at Olympia. Perhaps we have, but all these scandals and more can be documented in the so-called glory days of Greece. This essay results from certain incidents at the Winter Olympic games of 2002 in Salt Lake City, and uses these and several other notable examples from recent Olympics to draw together some parallels (and differences) between the modern and the ancient games. Legal Means of Enhancing Performance: Diets, Aerodynamic ‘Costumes’ and Sexual Abstinence Over the years athletes have experimented with various supplements, special diets and numerous other means in an attempt to gain an advantage over their competitors. The ancient Greeks too experimented in similar ways for the same purpose. Charmis of Sparta trained for the stade (a race of about 200 metres) on a diet of dried figs. After he was victorious at Olympia in 668 BC following this regimen (Africanus sub anno), dried figs

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Published: Dec 1, 2002

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