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Melbournen verikylpy : Unkarin kansannousu, olympialiike ja lehdistö (2016)
”Blood in the Water” : The 1956 Melbourne Games, the Hungarian Uprising and the Olympic Movement from Perspective of the Press

Holmila, A. (2016). Melbournen verikylpy : Unkarin kansannousu, olympialiike ja lehdistö. In H. Roiko-Jokela, & E. Sironen (Eds.), Lastuja (pp. 63-84). Suomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura. Suomen urheiluhistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja, 2016. https://www.suhs.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Holmila-Antero-Unkarin-kansannousu-olympialiike-ja-lehdist%C3%B6-SUHS-vsk-2016.pdf

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Publication details

All authors or editorsHolmila, Antero

Parent publicationLastuja

Parent publication editorsRoiko-Jokela, Heikki; Sironen, Esa


Journal or seriesSuomen urheiluhistoriallisen seuran vuosikirja


Publication year2016

Number in series2016

Pages range63-84

Number of pages in the book272

PublisherSuomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Persistent website addresshttps://www.suhs.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Holmila-Antero-Unkarin-kansannousu-olympialiike-ja-lehdist%C3%B6-SUHS-vsk-2016.pdf

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessDelayed open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/85922


One of the best known Cold War era conflict in the sporting field – or in this case in the pool – was the Melbourne games’ water polo semifinal between Hungary and the USSR, played on 6 December. In international sports literature the event is known as the “blood in the water” match. The Hungarian uprising which had begun in October and was still continuing when the semifinalists met formed the background context for the bloody match which the Hungarians won 4–0. Given the background events, the Hungarian uprising and escalating Cold War mentality in the Olympics, the match was evidently more about politics than sports in itself. In historiography which examines the collision between Olympic Games and politics/international relations, the match has attained an iconic status which is often referred to when research seeks to highlight the role which politics has played in the Olympic movement. This article sets out to explore how the Finnish and Anglo-American press wrote about the politics surrounding the Melbourne games in general and the water polo match in particular. I will examine to what extent the politics of sport featured in the press while these events were unfolding. I will ask whether the press reporting framed these events as “sport and politics” or whether the more traditional frame of sports reporting prevailed concentrating more on the description of athletic endeavors, the Olympic spirit, and fair play in which the politics was pushed to the background.

KeywordsOlympicssummer OlympicsHungarian Revolution of 1956Olympic movementfair playinternational politicsjournalistic writing

Free keywordsMelbourne

Contributing organizations

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2016

JUFO rating1

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