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Mormons and the Olympics: Constructing an Olympic Identity (Essay)

Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, 2007, Annual, 16

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Since the early twentieth century, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise called the LDS or Mormon church, has attempted to integrate itself more fully into American culture while maintaining its traditional morality and exclusive beliefs. During the 1980s and 1990s, the LDS church constructed an Olympic identity by highlighting the achievements of Mormon Olympic athletes, touting them as examples of religious piety who enjoyed athletic success because of their adherence to specifically Mormon doctrines, particularly Mormon dietary laws. Paradoxically, the LDS church simultaneously sought to demonstrate mainstream religious attitudes and to downplay its differences with other American religions by associating itself with the patriotism and national pride related to hosting the Olympic Games. The LDS church capitalized on its associations with the bidding for and planning of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to foster and cultivate an appealing and reputable public image. **********

Mormons and the Olympics: Constructing an Olympic Identity (Essay)
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  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
  • Published: 01 January 2007
  • Publisher: International Centre for Olympic Studies
  • Print Length: 30 Pages
  • Language: English
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