The Barcelona Olympic Games: Looking Back 25 Years On (2)

Francesc Solanellas

Andreu Camps Povill

Alain Ferrand

*Corresponding author: Francesc Solanellas

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Solanellas, F., Camps, A., & Ferrand, A. (2017). The Barcelona Olympic Games: Looking Back 25 Years On (2). Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 128, 127-147.



The first article in this series examined the legacy and impact of the Barcelona Olympic Games held 25 years ago. This second survey article seeks to further explore the impact that the Olympic Games had on the city and the country. In the previous one, an economic, social and sports analysis was conducted of what was been called the Barcelona Model; now this article will more deeply explored and comparative analyses will be performed with other countries to evaluate whether this impact was as large as believed. This economic analysis is based on a study of variables such as the number of tourists (increase between 1992 and 2015), the number of international visitors during this period, the number of hotels and the number of incoming passengers. The sports analysis includes an exhaustive comparative analysis of the Olympic results in different sites, evaluating participation, the number and kind of medals, and the rankings. From the social standpoint, school sports are examined by assessing some of the variables of sports practices at schools. In line with the results of the previous article, and after an in-depth, comparative analysis, it can be claimed that the increase in the number of visitors to Barcelona in the past 25 years is higher than in the majority of reference cities. In terms of sports, too, it was found that the number of medals was proportionally higher in Spain than in other host countries.

Keywords: Barcelona, Impact, Legacy, Olympic Games.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: April 4, 2017

Accepted: May 24, 2017

Published: April 01, 2017