This year, track fans followed LoLo Jones and Lauryn Williams at the Winter Olympics. Lauryn Williams took the silver and LoLo Jones took 11th. The Onion, the national humor publication, had a story recently on LoLo Jones being the first Olympic athlete to be objectified in the Winter and Summer Olympics? Funny, but, to many, that is seen as a fact.
Lauryn Williams, photo by PhotoRun.net
Lauryn Williams became ONLY the fifth athlete EVER to win Olympic medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Did she get the cover that she deserved? The last American to do the double was over seventy years ago!
Do you get tired of hearing terms like girls and Men when watching sports on TV? In the effort to sell and get more viewers for Olympic TV, does the network have any responsibility in how they produce the coverage? One key observer told me that "nothing will change in sports TV coverage as the producers are happy, and that is all that matters."
The following piece is from the Atlantic Monthly: A Brief History of Sexism in the Olympics. It is a thought-provoking read, with some very good sidebars.
The questions of how Major Media covers sports in general, and our sport in particular are good things to consider. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/02/a-brief-history-of-sexism-in-tv-coverage-of-the-olympics/284003/
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