Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


School of Journalism and Mass Communications

First Advisor

Kenneth Campbell


Competing in and representing their country in the Olympic games is considered one of the greatest achievements for an athlete. From heroes such as Michael Jordan and the “Dream Team,” to Michael Phelps setting world record after record in the pool, Olympians are remembered as legends to those watching at home. How their amazing achievements at these Olympic games have been framed by the media though is another story. Newspapers have facilitated a platform for a qualitative content analysis on the framing of three female African American Olympic gold medalists that showed statistical significance in terms of the amount of “Superhuman” athleticism attributes used as well as not used by four large well-known and respected newspapers.