22 Jul '16, 7pm

Olympic Farce? by Pat Butcher, Butcher's Blog, used with permission - RunBlogRun:

The history of indeterminate sexuality is as old as the Ancient Olympic Games, if you count the (roughly) two and half thousand year old example of Kallipateira who disguised herself as a man in order to coach her son to victory in the boxing. Under the all-male rules of the time, she was busted when she vaulted into the arena to congratulate her boy, and only escaped censure, even death, due to her noble lineage. Thence onwards, contestants and coaches had to strip prior to entering the arena, in order to establish their credentials, so to speak... Of the several examples of true indeterminate sexuality in the modern Games, Stella Walsh stands out as probably a case of hermaphroditism, certainly one of intersexuality (excuse me if I'm not up to speed on current terminology). Walsh, a long-term US resident reverted to her Polish name and nationality to win the Olympic 100 ...

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