Aquadynamics and the Athletocracy: Jennie Fletcher and the British Women's 4 x 100 metre Freestyle Relay Team at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Jean en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-16T08:36:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-16T08:36:26Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06
dc.identifier.citation Williams, J. (2012) Aquadynamics and the Athletocracy: Jennie Fletcher and the British Women's 4 x 100 metre Freestyle Relay Team at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games. Costume, 46 (2), pp. 145-164 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/6369
dc.description.abstract This article considers the part played by aquadynamics, or a concern for the technical properties of swimming costumes, in the career of Jennie Fletcher (1890–1968) who won Britain’s first individual Olympic female swimming medal (bronze) at the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912 and contributed to the first women’s team gold in the 4 × 100 metre Freestyle Relay. Her light silk one-piece racing swimsuit represented a new kind of modernity: the revealed sporting body enabled competitive principles, rather than modesty, to define the appearance of the female swimmer. The article also examines the place of the working-class competitor in our understanding of the early Games, an ‘athletocracy’ where performance, not background, enabled individuals to compete. The work therefore also explores the relevance of Fletcher’s birthplace, Leicester, in the development of amateur and professional swimming and in the production of swmming costumes for both sport and leisure. en
dc.description.sponsorship This research has been developed with the support of a De Montfort University Research Investment Fund grant for 2011–12 to look at the relationship between sport and fashion, particularly in the county of Leicestershire. . en
dc.publisher Maney Publishing en
dc.subject British women Olympians en
dc.subject racing swimsuits en
dc.subject silk en
dc.subject Leicester en
dc.subject Jennie Fletcher en
dc.subject 1912 en
dc.subject Stockholm en
dc.title Aquadynamics and the Athletocracy: Jennie Fletcher and the British Women's 4 x 100 metre Freestyle Relay Team at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/0590887612Z.0000000006
dc.researchgroup International Centre for Sports History and Culture en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.explorer.multimedia No en
dc.ref2014.selected 1366105083_9710681003524_30_3


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