Sport, Entertainment and the Live(d) Experience of Cheering

Kath Bicknell

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Sport is readily thought of as entertainment in the context of both live events and individual practice. Both experiences are widely consumed, produce excitement, satisfaction and a great sense of fun among participants. This paper uses phenomenological and anthropological methods to look at the embodied relationship between athletes and cheering at cross-country mountain bike events to investigate the experience of sport — understood as both entertainment and skilled performance practice — by both athletes and spectators alike. This work also allows for better understandings of the rehearsal processes of other types of popular entertainment, such as circus or dance, which also have a rigorous physical component in their development and execution but may not have an audience as vocal or articulate during the time of the performance as that on the sporting field.


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Popular Entertainment Studies ISSN 1837-9303