Guest Andrew Moore Posted July 5, 2004 Share Posted July 5, 2004 As the Euro 2004 tournament ends, and we look forward to the Olympics, the BBC (UK national broadcaster) has begun to promote its broadcast coverage of the games, with the theme of (sporting) legends - the BBC suggests, among others, Jesse Owens, Mark Spitz, Sir Steven Redgrave (5 golds in 5 games for those outside Britain), Michael Johnson, Cathy Freeman. As we think of the Olympics, and as so many of the comments in this forum come from historians, I think it would be interesting both to nominate people (for legendary status) and justify the nomination. But also to determine what are the qualities by which we measure achievement in sport - I guess that I'm thinking of the balance of statistics, the inherent value of the event, and the context. On statistics alone, many athletes would beat Jesse Owens (Carl Lewis, I think, among others). But when we include the context, that makes a vast difference. I wonder if one reason why Colin Welland chose the 1924 Olympics as a subject in Chariots of Fire is that, previous to the film, most viewers knew little about this Olympiad, so he had a lot of scope for fiction. In the US, the notion of Hall of Fame is well-established. In the UK, these halls (metaphorical and literal) are perhaps less regarded as guarantors of achievement. So, let's have your recommendations... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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