Evidence of a social legacy from volunteering at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic winter games

Tracey J Dickson, F. Anne Terwiel, Alexandr Vetinev

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Abstract

Mega-sport events, like Olympic and Paralympic Games, typically promise host communities that beneficial legacies will remain beyond the life of the event; however, there is little postevent research supporting these claims. Conducted 3 years after the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, this research is one of few to explore the social legacy of volunteerism following an Olympic and Paralympic Games. A previously developed anonymous online survey was distributed via the event’s 26 volunteer centers. Analysis included principal components analysis and independent samples t tests. The results demonstrate that social legacies can be achieved, albeit at a level lower than may be indicated by surveys conducted at the time of the event. By being strategic in their recruitment and training of volunteers, future mega-sport event organizers may be more effective in achieving social legacies, in sport, events, and tourism, that add to a host community’s social and human capitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1707-1725
Number of pages19
JournalEvent Management
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2022

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