The Athlete’s Body and the Rhetoric of Injury
1. The absence of athletic injuries
2. The rhetoric of representation for athletic injury
This is a remarkable twist. Theogenes’ inability to compete due to the battering he received is declared against the rules by the officials, thus converting a narrative infraction (describing a debilitating injury) into an Olympic infraction (entering an event out of spite), and also, with admirable economy, providing a reason why Theogenes did not lose to Euthymus at the following Olympic festivals. If Olympic etiquette were being followed, the legend tells us, none of these problematic events would have happened. Euthymus would not have lost, and Theogenes would not have been injured. Theogenes would still have won, but he would have won the pancration. In short, this is the 476 solution, with the logic provided by Olympic regulations.