"Politics have no place in the Olympics." Leaders of the Olympic movement have made this claim since the beginning of the modern games. A new history of the Olympics shows that it's never been the case.
Gilmore Junio, Olympic “Selflessness,” and the Whispers of Culture
When speed skater Gilmore Junio gave up his place in a race at the Sochi Games to a teammate who had fallen during trials, was he being a true Canadian? Or a true Filipino? Or a true competitor?
Jules Boykoff & Daniel B. Eisen
“That medal earned me a respect I couldn’t have acquired in any other field. It occurred to me that the winner’s podium was a pretty good place from which to conduct a women’s movement.” –Pat Summitt