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Cold War GamesPropaganda, the Olympics, and U.S. Foreign Policy$
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Toby C. Rider

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040238

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040238.001.0001

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Symbols of Freedom

Symbols of Freedom

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Cold War Games

Toby C. Rider

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the propaganda scheme centering on the defected athletes from the Melbourne Olympics. Once the Hungarian National Olympic Team reached the United States, a triumvirate of parties had taken responsibility for their welfare: Sports Illustrated, the Hungarian National Sports Federation (HNSF), and Jackson himself. This triumvirate combined to accomplish two aims. First, they paraded the team around the country in a nationwide tour, an exhibition that provided U.S. newspapers and the United States Information Agency with an opportunity to depict the athletes as symbols of freedom. Second, they took steps to make sure that the athletes transitioned to life in the United States in the smoothest manner possible. The chapter also considers the challenges that came with executing these strategies; including the difficulties of resettlement for the refugee athletes, the problems of immigration, and the question of the participation of stateless athletes in the Olympics.

Keywords:   Hungarian National Olympic Team, refugee athletes, defecting athletes, resettlement, Freedom Tour, Sports Illustrated, Hungarian National Sports Federation, Charles Douglas Jackson, symbols of freedom, stateless athletes

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