Richard Glendon, breakthrough kinesis, and the impact of the 1920 Olympic Naval Academy Crew on rowing

by Saint Sing, Susan D.

Abstract (Summary)
This dissertation is in three parts: the story of the American sporting tradition linked to its British roots; the commitment to surpass Britannia and reign supreme in naval might at a time in history when sea power was indicative of world political power; and the marriage of philosophy and history in the ethereal fabric of a performance barrier ruptured by “breakthrough kinesis.” The question this paper addresses is this: Did Glendon and his 1920 Navy Crew influence rowing and aid nationalism in the Golden Age of sport, and has this crew had long reaching effects on the modern world? If so, then rowing and the events surrounding it largely have been overlooked by modern sport historians as a powerful catalyst in the building of the American team, and go largely unrecognized as an intriguing contributor to performance, movement science, biomechanics, and Olympic history. Until this paper there has been no comprehensive account written on the American team of Richard “Dick” Glendon and the Navy crew, who forged the thrilling story of their quest for Olympic gold with American nationalism in the first two decades of the war-torn twentieth century. The importance of this crew in the 1920s, and their decisive break with the British sporting tradition that goes back hundreds of years in America, was indicative of an emerging Americanism that pervaded sport, and used sport, as a vehicle to propel and fuel an emerging world power. iv
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School:Pennsylvania State University

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:glendon richard a united states naval academy rowing nationalism and sports


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