Shooting: the First Brazilian Olympic Medals
Keywords:Olympic Games, Olympic Athletes, Shooting, Sport History
The present study aims to investigate how was the journey of the athletes from Rio Grande do Sul state, who participated in the Olympic Games (OG) of 1920, from the beginning of their sports career, crossing through the participation of the athletes in the 1920 OG, until their return home, after the event. For that, reports from newspapers circulating in the state were analyzed, as well as in Rio de Janeiro, capital of Brazil at that period. The sources revealed that, in Rio Grande do Sul, shooting was among the first sports practices to be insert into clubs, notwithstanding, it was responsible to impelling the creation of Shooters Associations. Two shooters who took part in the 1920 OG came from clubs of Rio Grande do Sul and, although characterized by the unpredictability of their traveled paths, perhaps, the participation and conquest of medals in this edition of the OG was the greatest moment in the sports life of these Olympic shooters.