London, Vancouver, and Pyeongchang Olympics: A comparison of volunteer motivations

Chulhee Kang, Femida Handy, Sang Uk Park

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Olympic volunteers represent sports volunteers who undertake volunteer opportunity that is episodic, high profile and at a global mega-event. While the existing literature has explored event volunteer motivation, the focus has been, with few exceptions, on national or local events. The literature examining Olympic volunteers gravitates to English speaking countries or where volunteering has had a long history. In this research we examine volunteer motivations at the 2018 Olympics at PyeongChang, South Korea, where volunteering does not have a long history. Using a similar instrument (i.e., SEVMS) that was used by other scholars investigating Olympic volunteers, this research facilitates comparison between the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, with those in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our analyses find some significant differences in why individuals choose to volunteer that may be attributed to the differences in demographics and venues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Volunteering in Events, Sport and Tourism
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781000471755
ISBN (Print)9780367417093
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 selection and editorial matter, Kirsten Holmes, Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Karen A. Smith and Richard Shipway.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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