It is four years since we decided to produce the Journal of Olympic History in colour. Today it is scarcely possible to imagine it otherwise. The pleasing development of ISOH is reflected in the Journal which is now sent to 206 countries.
That is especially thanks to our authors and the small team which takes pains to ensure that this publication can appear. As editor I would like to give heartfelt thanks to all involved.
It is obvious that the new edition is heavily influenced by the Olympic Games in Rio. Anyone who previously believed that Brazilian sports history can be reduced to football will have to think again. The Olympic line of ancestry begins as early as 1905, when the IOC presented the flight pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont with one of the first four Olympic Diplomas. Professor Lamartine DaCosta and Ana Miragaya have written the history of their compatriot.
Our Rio Special offers even more. Ana Miragaya has written about the Brazilian Olympic idol Maria Lenk. Marcia Neto-Wacker and Christian Wacker have researched the reasons for the failure of the Olympic bid by Rio planned for 1936.
Janice Zarpellon Mazo and Alice Beatriz Assmann show by the example of the athlete Willy Seewald how it was necessary to improvise to be able to represent Brazil.
That changed however with the start of the 1950s and the emergence of Adhemar da Silva, whereby the triple jump became the “Brazilian” discipline. History and actuality at the same time: Toby Rider has written about the first, though unsuccessful, attempt to create an Olympic team of refugees, and Erik Eggers, who accompanied Brazil’s women’s handball team, dares to look ahead.
Two years ago Myles Garcia researched the fate of the Winter Olympic cauldrons. In this edition he turns his attention to the Summer Games. Others have also contributed to this piece.
Again there are some anniversaries. Eighty years ago the Games of the XI Olympiad took place in Berlin, to which the Dutch water polo player Hans Maier looks back with mixed feelings. The centenarian is one of the few surviving participants.
The German Hans Günter Winkler, the most successful showjumper in the world, celebrates his 90th birthday. The first two of his five gold medals he won 60 years ago at the Olympic Equestrian Games in Stockholm, which are also remembered by an article by Franz Josef Bomert.
In addition this edition contains Part 21 of the IOC Members series, obituaries for famous Olympians – among them Muhammad Ali – as well as reviews of recently published books.
To this edition we join the wish to tune in to Rio 2016 and to convey background knowledge about the first Olympic Games in South America. We hope they will be peaceful and fair.
– Volker Kluge, Editor
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