Sunday, March 20, 2005

The Other Olympians

Brdgt's post about gender anxiety surrounding Soviet athletes reminds of the documentary about Gretel Bergmann, one of a number of athletes that the Nazis put forward in 1936 as examples for the IOC that they were allowing Jews to compete for the Olympics. One of Bergmann's teammates in women's track was a transvestite, probably to the knowledge of the Nazis, and was probably put there to discredit the Jewish athletes in general.

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