The Everyday Life of Female Gymnasts Prior to the Olympics and during a Pandemic – a View from the Social Media Cover Image
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Всекидневие на състезателките по спортна гимнастика преди олимпийски игри и по време на пандемия – поглед през интернет медии
The Everyday Life of Female Gymnasts Prior to the Olympics and during a Pandemic – a View from the Social Media

Author(s): Tanya Matanova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Sports Studies, Globalization, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: female gymnasts; Olympics; everyday life; social life

Summary/Abstract: The path leading to the Olympic Games is lengthy and laborious, requiring a significant amount of physical training and participation in competitive events. Up to four of the best female gymnasts from a given country can participate in the postponed Tokyo2020 Summer Olympics. The preparation and daily routines of three such gymnasts: Morgan Hurd (USA), Angelina Melnikova (Russian Federation) and Yile Chen(People’s Republic of China) is featured in the All-Around documentary series with new episodes released monthly on the IOC’s Olympic Channel which is available worldwide at the Olympic Channel’s website and the Olympics YouTube channel. The road to the Olympics for these and other female gymnasts is also presented via their personal social media profiles and video-sharing platform channels (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc.). Based on the research of textual and visual online publications by or about women gymnasts preparing for the Olympic Games, the current text is aimed at presenting the everyday life and lifestyle of the gymnasts as featured in the media, including their training routine, participation in competitions, their education and social life (family, friends and other social circles).

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 192-214
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian