Weightlifting and sport diplomacy in this week’s podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research with Conor talk to Sam Schelfhout of the Institute of Kinesiology at the University of Texas in Austin.
You can read Sam’s co-authored article with John Fair, ‘Lifting ‘Round the World’: The Goodwill Weightlifting Tours of 1955′ online via the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Sam Schelfhout is a Ph.D. candidate in physical culture & sport studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interests focus on sport and its role in United States diplomacy and international relations and the history of sport diplomacy during the Cold War. In addition, he is interested in the evolution of esports and video games and their increasing inclusivity with traditional sports in interdisciplinary sport studies. Schelfhout earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and economics from the University of Portland in 2014 and a Master of Science degree in sport management from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.
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