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Peter Elsborg, Gregory M. Diment, and Anne-Marie Elbe

The objective of this study was to explore how sport psychology consultants perceive the challenges they face at the Olympic Games. Post-Olympics semistructured interviews with 11 experienced sport psychology consultants who worked at the London Games were conducted. The interviews were transcribed and inductively content analyzed. Trustworthiness was reached through credibility activities (i.e., member checking and peer debriefing). The participants perceived a number of challenges important to being successful at the Olympic Games. These challenges were divided into two general themes: Challenges Before the Olympics (e.g., negotiating one’s role) and Challenges During the Olympics (e.g., dealing with the media). The challenges the sport psychology consultants perceived as important validate and cohere with the challenge descriptions that exist in the literature. The findings extend the knowledge on sport psychology consultancy at the Olympic Games by showing individual contextual differences between the consultants’ perceptions and by identifying four SPC roles at the Olympic Games.

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Fiona Pelly and Susie Parker Simmons

environment and policy that determine food availability ( Symmank et al., 2017 ). We previously reported on an expert review of the food provision for the London 2012 Olympic Games and found that there was limited choice of lower energy, low fat, and gluten-free items to meet the needs of athletes, as well as

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Kwame J.A. Agyemang, Brennan K. Berg, and Rhema D. Fuller

Games. Highly institutionalized across the globe, the Olympic Games rely on institutional rules and norms that preserve the status quo. For instance, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Rule 50 states the following: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in

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Gashaw Abeza, Jessica R. Braunstein-Minkove, Benoit Séguin, Norm O’Reilly, Ari Kim, and Yann Abdourazakou

The Olympic Games, dubbed the pinnacle of megaevents ( O’Reilly, Pound, Burton, Séguin, & Brunette, 2015 ), generate worldwide public interest, receive massive media coverage, and attract a large number of spectators and supporters ( Wright, 2007 ). As a result, associating with the Games continues

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Claudio M. Rocha

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and organizing committees have strived to build popular support for the Olympic Games (OG) because local support has been considered a key element to host successful Games ( Deccio & Baloglu, 2002 ; Gursoy & Kendall, 2006 ; Preuss & Solberg, 2006 ; Waitt

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Doo Jae Park, Na Ri Shin, Synthia Sydnor, and Caitlin Clarke

Proem Two American-born skaters, Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin, were naturalized as South Korean citizens in order to represent South Korea at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. This naturalization was a part of an Olympic development project of the South Korean government that accelerated

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Michael B. Devlin, Kenon A. Brown, Natalie Brown-Devlin, and Andrew C. Billings

With nearly two billion viewers, broadcast coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, garnered the attention of more than a quarter of the world’s population ( Publicis, 2018 ), a feat rarely matched by anything other than previous Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup

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Udi Carmi and Orr Levental

During its first decade, Israel sent delegations to three Olympic Games: Helsinki (1952), Melbourne (1956) and Rome (1960). 1 No one believed these delegations would attain any outstanding competitive results. Indeed, Israel’s participation in these Olympic Games was motivated more by political

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Kristine Toohey and Tracy Taylor

Since 1972, there has been an association between terrorism, violence, and the Olympic Games. The events of September 11, 2001, however, clearly reescalated concerns about the Games being a terrorist target. This conceptual article discusses the theories of the risk society and the precautionary principle to understand and interpret how visitors to the most recent Summer Games, Athens 2004, framed their decision to attend. Consistent with risk theory, a strong public and financial commitment to safety at the Games was evident, with the organizers undertaking wide-ranging large-scale risk management initiatives. Athens attendees, while displaying tenets of risk aversion and engagement with a discourse of fear, also showed resilience, resistance, and indifference to potential terrorism threats. Implications for both theory and practice are noted.

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Jonathan R. Males, John H. Kerr, and Joanne Hudson

’s preparation and performance in a recent Olympic Games; (b) detail how the consultancy process was affected by the athlete’s late admission of his deteriorating relationship with his coach, using Jowett’s ( 2007 ) model for comparison; (c) describe the sport psychology interventions implemented by the SPC