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"Looking as Pixie as Ever": Soviet Gymnasts, the International Press, and the Definition of Heroism in East and West.

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In 1972 Ol’ga Korbut’s Olympic debut made headlines around the world. However, her performances provoked very different reactions in the USSR and in the West. In this paper Lucy considers media coverage of Korbut and other Soviet sportswomen in the context of national ideologies, international political tensions, and continuing debates about the role of women in society.

This talk is part of the Russian Graduate Seminar Group (RUSSGRADS) series.

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