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A Scottish Olympics, pp.17-18

A Scottish Olympics, pp.17-18

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Published by Professor Andy Miah

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Published by: Professor Andy Miah on Feb 21, 2008
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Culture @ the Olympics
, 2002: vol. 4, issue 6, pp. 17-18
Culture @ the Olympics
issues, trends and perspectives
A Scottish Olympics
Beatriz García and Andy Miah
 With the gold medal win ofthe all-Scottish women’scurling team, Scotland hasensured a new place ininternational sport and hasallowed Great Britain toimprove its Winter Gamesrecord.
Following the victory, thereactions and support throughoutSalt Lake City reveal a strongScottish contingent in thisOlympics that has been obscuredin major press and televisioncoverage. It has transpired thatSalt Lake City has particularlystrong links with Scotland, andScottish-Americans are plentifulin this region.At the competition venue,Scottish and British flags wereflying. Yet, during the match, themajor US television channel,NBC, would describe thewomen’s team as Scotland‘representing’ Great Britain.Furthermore, after the victory, 30to 40 kilted bag pipers wereparading in the main streetcarrying the Scottish flagalongside the US flag.This surprising Scottish-American connection has beenreinforced throughout the Gameshere in Salt Lake, not only in thesporting arenas but also as part ofthe event’s cultural and artscomponent.One of the most locallyappreciated events of the officialOlympic cultural programexplained the history of theWestern pioneers, recognising askey the importance of the Scottishsettlers and their unique way oflife.
At the competition venue,Scottish and British flagswere flying.
Salt Lake citizens and visitorsfrom around the state of Utah areproud to explain how the Scottishdancing and music traditionsenriched the American life styleand stood firm through the harshclimates of the Western lands.

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