OLD & FORGOTTEN OLYMPIC VENUES

OLD & FORGOTTEN OLYMPIC VENUES

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The Rio Olympics is the 28th Summer Olympic games. The first one took place in Greece in 1896 and since then the event has been held in 19 different countries.

But do you ever stop and wonder just what happened to all of those huge venues purposely built to host the world’s most famous games? Well, take a look at the pictures below and wonder no more, because here is the compiled list of abandoned Olympic stadiums and villages from around the world. From Beijing to Berlin, from Athens to Atlanta, these pictures serve to remind us that while the games may be over, the memories live on.

#1 Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

The disused bobsled track from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics is seen on Mount Trebevic, near Sarajevo, September 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1990s conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.

Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

 Dado Ruvic

#2 Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

The bobsleigh and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski-jumping course and related infrastructure are crumbling more and more with each passing year. But adrenaline, fear and exhilaration are back on the bobsleigh track as downhill bikers Kemal Mulic, Tarik Hadzic and Kamer Kolar train on the graffiti-covered concrete.

Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

Dado Ruvic

#3 Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic Village.

Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

#6 Ski Jumping Tower, Grenoble, France, 1968 Winter Olympic Games

48 of abandonment and a beautiful view

Ski Jumping Tower, Grenoble, France, 1968 Winter Olympic Games

Maxime B

#7 Kayak And Canoeing Venue, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Kayak And Canoeing Venue, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Ioanna Sakellaraki

#8 Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

A graveyard has been established in what was once part of the Olympic Sports Complex in Sarajevo for the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Michael J. Haggerty

#9 Olympic Canoe And Kayak Slalom Center, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

View at the Helliniko Olympic complex in 2014.

Olympic Canoe And Kayak Slalom Center, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Milos Bicanski

#10 Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Seats for reporters remain desolate in 2014.

Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Kyodo News/ Newscom

#11 Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central Beijing, April 2, 2012.

Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

David Gray/Reuters

#12 Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Deserted houses for the athletes in the former Olympic Village for the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Martin Sachse/Getty Images

#13 Barricades Outside The Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Barricades Outside The Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Арыстан Аубакир

#14 Olympic Mascots Lie Unwanted, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Nini, left, and Yingying, two of the five mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, are seen lying among trees behind an abandoned, never-completed mall in Beijing. The fallen mascots are a reminder of the high costs of hosting the event. Their derelict state reflects the challenges that China has faced in finding new uses for its Olympic investments, with many venues falling into disrepair and some construction projects left incomplete.

Olympic Mascots Lie Unwanted, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

#15 Olympic Flag Posts, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Flag Posts, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

#16 Fountain In Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

The remains of a fountain decorated with the Olympic rings and graffiti-defaced marble blocks dedicated to Greek Olympic medal winners are seen here decapitating in 2012.

Fountain In Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Thanassis Stavrakis/ AP

#17 Soviet Venue, Tallinn, 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics

Old Soviet venue built for the Moscow Olympics in the 1980. Located in Tallinn, Estonia.

Soviet Venue, Tallinn, 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics

Oh Brezhnev

#18 Ski Jump, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

A view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo, Sept. 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the in Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect.

Ski Jump, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Dado Ruvic/Reuters

#19 Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

The first permanent Olympic village. The athletes were impressed – each house had its own steward and there had never been a swimming pool before at an Olympic village.

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

#20 Tennis Court, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

The derelict netting and scoreboard in the background on a tennis court stand at the Stone Mountain Tennis Center, home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games tennis events, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, July 19, 2016. The permanent tennis facility built in a corner of Stone Mountain Park quickly became a money-loser and now sits idle, weeds growing through the outer courts and the scoreboard in disrepair.

Tennis Court, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

 David Goldman/AP Photo
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