Creepy pics of abandoned Olympics venues

[caption id="attachment_9958" align="alignnone" width="800"]Ski Jump towers Fabio Gregoroni[/caption] Guts, glory, determination and victory…and now it’s all over. The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games have come to an end, and fans all around the world are mourning the end of medals, action, drama and athletic excellence. And while Rio was abuzz with national pride and unbridled joy during the course of the Olympics, it might be a completely different story after the games. That’s because the goodwill and good times that cities experience during the Olympics don’t generally tend to continue once the games are finished, as they face up to the challenges of Olympics-related debt and unused stadiums and facilities that become white elephants. To show you what we mean, check out these abandoned Olympic venues from previous games:

Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics

  [caption id="attachment_9945" align="alignnone" width="700"]Athens Pool (2) Thanassis Stavrakis/AP[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_9944" align="alignnone" width="700"]Athens Pool (1) Kyodo News/ Newscom[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9947" align="alignnone" width="700"]Athens volleyball venue Milos Bicanski[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9948" align="alignnone" width="700"]Athens olympic venue Thanassis Stavrakis/AP[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9952" align="alignnone" width="700"]Athens Taekwondo Milos Bicanski[/caption] Considering the financial turmoil that Greece has found itself in recent times, these eerie pictures from the 2004 Olympics are indicative of the financial implications of hosting the games for Athens and for Greece.  In fact, these Games have been cited as a major contributor to the Greek government’s debt crisis, with a reported $14.5 billion loss.   Years after the games many of the venues built for the Game remained abandoned or rarely used.

Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

[caption id="attachment_9953" align="alignnone" width="700"]Sarayevo Olympic graveyard Michael J. Haggerty[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_9954" align="alignnone" width="700"]sarajevo ski jump Dado Ruvic[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9955" align="alignnone" width="700"]Sarayevo bobsled track Dado Ruvic[/caption] You couldn't find a more appropriate metaphor for the cost of hosting the Olympics then the picture of a grave yard, which has been established in the former Olympics Sport complex in Sarajevo (in present day Bosnia-Herzegovina). While these Winter Games were a great source of pride for the then Soviet regime and actually made a tidy $250,000 profit, this graveyard and the other photos of abandoned venues are testament to the fact that most Olympic venues don’t have long term viability in terms of sporting use.

Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics 

[caption id="attachment_9949" align="alignnone" width="700"]Beijing olympics venue David Gray/Reuters[/caption] The kayaking venue from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics now looks more like some sort of children’s amusement park than an Olympic venue. Both this venue and other venues in Beijing are totally deserted and unmaintained, and serve as a reminder of the potential outcomes of hosting the Olympics.

1936 Berlin Olympics

These games were notorious for being held under the auspices of Germany’s Nazi-led government, and for appeasing that regime’s racist, fascist and militaristic ideology.  The games were meant to be a triumph for the Nazi “Aryan” ideology, but these intentions were quashed by the trailblazing efforts of Jesse Owens. Germany. Many of the venues built for these games have not had long-term use, and remain abandoned. Berlin Olympic village (2) Berlin Olympic village [Andreas Levers] [Martin Sachse/Getty Images Casinos, also sometimes become neglected…check out these photos of creepy, abandoned casinos


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