The Latin American ‘Olympic explosion’ of the 1920s: Causes and consequences

  title={The Latin American ‘Olympic explosion’ of the 1920s: Causes and consequences},
  author={Cesar R. Torres},
  journal={The International Journal of the History of Sport},
  pages={1088 - 1111}
  • C. Torres
  • Published 4 October 2006
  • Education
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport
In spite of Baron Pierre de Coubertin's efforts, the Olympic Movement did not rapidly win over a substantial number of Latin American hearts. During the first 30 years of modern Olympic life, Latin American athletes and officials played a negligible role in the Olympic Movement. However, that pattern changed in the early 1920s. Suddenly, Latin Americans entered Olympic arenas en masse. The dramatic change during the 1920s from the negligible role that Latin Americans had played so far in the… 
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