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Ten Super Sad Abandoned Olympic Venues

abandoned olympic venues
Written by Gary

Abandoned Olympic venues.

After hosting the Olympics, many sports venues are never used again, and fall into disrepair.

abandoned olympic venues

The main swimming pool in Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics

You always hear about how excited cities are when they are chosen to host the Olympics, and most places consider it not only a great honor, but a helpful boost to tourism dollars. The Rio Olympics this year are shrouded with scandals (achem, Lochtegate) so nobody is really talking about the fact that the games cost an estimated $12 billion. As if that weren’t staggering enough, Beijing reportedly spent more than $40 billion on the games in 2008. If you remember the fireworks show, it was spectacular, but I don’t think it was worth 40 B’s.

READ MORE: Whippin’ It to the Olympics

Since a picture is worth 1,000 words though, I should probably let the photos speak for themselves. These 10 photos illustrate what became of the Olympic venues after the games were over; they basically all became excellent examples of post-apocalyptic Detroit.

abandoned olympic venues

The ski jump tower, Italy, 1956 Winter Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

The bobsled track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

A swimming pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

Ski jumping tower, France, 1968 Winter Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2007 Summer Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

Special train station for the games, Munich, 1972 Summer Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

Athlete’s Village, Turin, 2006 Winter Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

Tennis Center, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics

abandoned olympic venues

A pool, Helsinski, 1952 Summer Olympics

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Gary

Gary is the gay guy that every girl wants to be, and every guy wants to be with (Mostly because he can't get pregnant). He is based in Manhattan, but loves traveling to exotic new people, and sleeping with interesting new places. He is an adventurous writer, digital artist, and game designer that will try almost anything if it makes a good story.
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