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Intro Panel for "Friendly Competition" Exhibit

Shown here is an image of the introductory panel to the exhibit "Friendly Competition," on display in the Read & Relax area on the first floor of Swem Library. The exhibit showcases reproductions and artifacts from the Special Collections related to the Olympic Games. The exhibit is on display from July 18-September 16, 2012.

 

The following is a transcription of the label text presented here:

 

Friendly Competition

 

The Olympics Movement was founded on principles of friendly competition to promote international goodwill. The current Olympic Charter describes the aims of the movement: The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

 

While the official rules state that “the Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries,” throughout history they have often served as venues in which international politics and social issues dominated the athletic competitions. This exhibit features reproductions and artifacts from Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center, which attest to the both celebratory and competitive facets of the Summer Olympic Games.

 

From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See swem.wm.edu/scrc/ for further information and assistance.

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Taken on July 24, 2012