Athletics in the Nordic Countries

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  • Title: Athletics in the Nordic Countries: History and Developments
  • Author(s): Jörg Krieger
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Sport & Society
  • Keywords: Athletics, Track and Field, Sport History, Sport Development, Women’s Sport
  • Date: November 01, 2023
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-957792-50-7
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-957792-51-4
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-957792-52-1
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Krieger, Jörg . 2023. Athletics in the Nordic Countries: History and Developments. Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-957792-52-1/CGP.
  • Extent: 230 pages

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In the edited collection "Athletics in the Nordic Countries" scholars from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden explore historical developments and current phenomena in the sport of athletics (track and field). The chapters provide insight into sport officials, events, and athletes from the Nordic countries that have shaped the international athletics scene. The authors identify the leading role of sport leaders from Scandinavia in the foundation years and highlight how athletics’ events held in the region were milestones in the transformation of the sport. Athletics’ international governing body World Athletics was founded in Sweden in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation. Seventy years later, Finland hosted the first World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 1983. In between those turning points, Nordic officials and athletes promoted significant changes in athletics, and their innovative approaches continue to shape the development of the sport until today.