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The History and Geography of a Forgotten Olympic Project: The Spring Games

Abstract : This article concerns the project put forward in the late 1980s to create a third type of Olympic Games in the French Pyrenees. The idea consisted of organizing a gathering for new outdoor sports (climbing, mountain biking, rafting, canyoning, hang gliding, paragliding, skateboarding, etc) designed as a third Olympic event: the Spring Games (the Jeux de Printemps in French). The whole project was entitled: Pyrénées: Laboratoire de l'Olympisme (literally, Pyrenees: Laboratory of the Olympic ideal). This study, based on written documents and oral accounts, provides details of the nature of the project and the major actors. Complications in the local organization of the programme caused it to end prematurely, and only a first event took place under the name of the Pyrenean Games of Adventure in 1993 on the boundary between France and Spain (Jeux Pyrénéens de l'Aventure or los Juegos Pirenaicos de la Aventura).
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André Suchet, Dominique Jorand, John Tuppen. The History and Geography of a Forgotten Olympic Project: The Spring Games. Sport in History, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2010, 30 (4), pp.570-587. ⟨halshs-00663989⟩



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