Olympics Dbq Essay

883 Words Nov 23rd, 2009 4 Pages
The Olympics were revived in 1896 thanks to Pierre de Coubertin. Since its reemergence in 1896, the modern Olympic movement has been shaped and influenced politically through the tensions between countries, economically through financial gain opportunity, and socially by promoting women’s rights. Another document I would like to have seen would be one containing a record of third world countries that have attended the Olympics. This document would have shown how wealth effects and shapes the modern Olympics. After reading all of the documents thoroughly, I noticed that most of them had a political significance behind them. Bob Matthias, a United States competitor in the 1952 games spoke about how enjoyable it was to bead the Soviet …show more content…
No matter what, people always manage to find a way for an activity or organization to benefit them in some way. This is no different for the Olympics. Throughout time, the Olympics have become an opportunity for many countries to gain economically. Rytaro Azuma, the mayor of Tokyo was incredibly grateful for the 1972 Olympics when he spoke in a magazine interview. He said “Without the Olympics we might not have gotten what we needed to rise as a world trade power.” This shows that leaders used the Olympics to help out their economy in any way possible. Even corporations took steps to ensure that they could make some money off of the Olympics. However, Korea failed to do that in 1988. In the Japan Economic Journal, it states that Korea failed to avail itself of an opportunity to display it’s industrial an economic power to a worldwide television audience.” Even television and radio broadcasts made millions of dollars off of the Olympics (Document 9). So in the end, it wasn’t just the athletes who “got the gold.” As much as the issue of “equality” is pushed on a generation like todays, it is almost impossible to imagine a time when women like Nastia Liukin and Kristi Yamaguchi wouldn’t have been allowed to compete in the Olympics. In 1908, the percent of women athletes was a mere 2 percent (document 2). Many years later, the

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