The chapters in this book were originally presented as papers at a conference (bearing the same title as the book) held in Aarhus, Denmark, in September 2002. The conference was organized by the Department of Sports Science and the Centre for Cultural Research at Aarhus University and we must thank colleagues for collaborating in this project. We therefore acknowledge the support of Jens-Ole Jensen, Jens Behrend Christensen, Thorsten Hansen, Ole Høiris and Ulla Rasmussen. Ulla's secretarial and general organizational skills were soon recognized as being second to none.
For help in funding the conference we must thank the Department of Sports Science and the Faculty of Science at Aarhus University, the Danish Sports Federation, the Danish Ministry of Culture and Team Denmark. Without the support of these organizations, the production of this interdisciplinary and international collection would have been impossible.
We are extremely grateful to our authors for submitting their chapters (more or less) on time and for providing excellent manuscripts which required the minimum of editing. At Berg we would like to thank Kathryn Earle, Anne Hobbs, Jenny Howell and Felicity Howlett for their patience, help and support in transforming what started off as a set of conference papers into a coherent text.
Mette Krogh Christensen