How do Olympic legacies come about? This book offers an alternative approach to the study of Olympic and mega-sport event legacy, challenging how legacy is conceptualised and practised. It shifts the focus from legacy as a retrospective concept concerned with what has been left behind after the Games, to a prospective one interested in actions and interactions stimulated by the Games.

The book argues that creating Olympic legacy is a continuing four-stage process involving ‘investing’ (the accumulated common Olympic cultural capital), ‘interpelling’ (forming a trusteeship relationship where one party undertakes to change the capacity of another), ‘developing’ (ensuring participation in interactions and resource development) and ‘codifying’ (documenting, sharing and remembering legacies so they become cultural capital). It presents a developmental approach to the Olympics which involves vision, trustees and trusteeship and is concerned with capacity building at individual, organisational and societal levels. Thinking of Olympic legacy as capacity building allows seeing the goal of legacy as an embodiment of the aspirations of the Olympic Movement and the Games to introduce radical change in society by transforming its structure.

Rethinking Olympic Legacy is essential reading for all students and scholars within an interest in the Olympics, as well as for administrators, policymakers and planners involved with mega-sport events.

chapter 1|19 pages

Untangling the link between the Olympics and legacy

An introduction
ByVassil Girginov

chapter 2|22 pages

Olympism, contentious politics and social change

ByVassil Girginov

chapter 3|23 pages

A resource perspective on the Olympics

ByVassil Girginov

chapter 4|23 pages

Leveraging Olympic resources

ByVassil Girginov

chapter 5|32 pages

Olympism in Action

A capacity building perspective
ByVassil Girginov

chapter 7|25 pages

Host country’s higher education sector and the Olympics

Interactions, resources and capacity development
ByVassil Girginov

chapter 8|21 pages

Olympic interactions, resource leveraging and capacity building in context

The cases of the British Paralympic Association, British Cycling and the Russian Figure Skating Federation
ByVassil Girginov, Nikolay Peshin

chapter 9|16 pages

Why rethink Olympic legacy?

ByVassil Girginov