Pilgrimage to fallen gods from Olympia: the cult of sport celebrities

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Title Pilgrimage to fallen gods from Olympia: the cult of sport celebrities
Author Digance, Justine; Toohey, Kristine Margaret
Journal Name Australian Religion Studies Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Equinox Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Contemporary Western society has an abundant variety of role models, with celebrities from all walks of life replacing yesteryear’s role models of military heroes and political leaders. However, sport has long provided religious and secular role models dating back to the ancient Olympic Games, and today every two years with the celebration of the summer and winter Olympics, more names are added to the Olympic pantheon of heroes. There is already a discrete acknowledged body of literature investigating celebrity sports men and women. This article draws on this literature specically examining modern secular pilgrimage to sport celebrities, focusing on those who achieve fame and glory on the Olympic victory dais, but also those whose behaviour has led to their expulsion from Olympia. We suggest that because of the Olympic Movement’s philosophy of Olympism, it is different from other non-Olympic afliated sporting organisations, and the price for transgression on and off the playing eld can be higher.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www.equinoxjournals.com/ARSR/article/view/9371
Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the authors for more information.
Volume 24
Issue Number 3
Page from 342
Page to 360
ISSN 1031-2943
Date Accessioned 2012-01-09
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42971
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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