This discussion illustrates how fans of women’s artistic gymnastics have used rapidly innovating platforms for user-generated content to create and access sporting information. In doing so, these fans are contributing to the formation of rich collective intelligences around the sport and how these new-media texts are beginning to affect mainstream sports media coverage. Using gymnastics fandom as an example, this discussion demonstrates how online culture has become a prime outlet for those with niche sporting interests. These new-media forms such as blogs, video platforms, and message boards augment and act as supplements to the mainstream sports media coverage, as well as expanding the kinds of information sports fans now can access in this enriched information environment.
Michelle Hayes, Kevin Filo, Caroline Riot, and Andrea Geurin
level of expectation placed on athletes ( Hull, 2014 ). World championships and similar events provided an international competition component as the current study was conducted during a non-Olympic year. Some events included the Athletics World Championships and Artistic Gymnastics World Championships