Here’s What Happens to Forgotten Olympic Venues

The Olympic Games are held every four years in a new country and every four years a new country tries to outdo the previous countries by building bigger and better Olympic sport venues, stadiums and villages. But what happens to those venues? Do they continue to see usage after the Olympics or do they become white elephants; too expensive to maintain, abandoned by their previous owners to be reclaimed by nature?

Some continue to be used for their original purpose, some get re-purposed as office blocks, entertainment centres and residential buildings, but most, like those you’ll see below, are abandoned, left to rust and rot.

1. Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

2. Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

3. Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

4. Ski Jump Tower, Cortina D’ampezzo, Italy, 1956 Winter Olympics Venue

Ski Jump Tower, Cortina D'ampezzo, Italy, 1956 Winter Olympics Venue

5. Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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

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

7. Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

8. Kayak And Canoeing Venue, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Kayak And Canoeing Venue, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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

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

10. Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

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

Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

12. Olympic Mascots Lie Unwanted, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Mascots Lie Unwanted, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

13. Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

14. Olympic Flag Posts, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Flag Posts, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

15. Barricades Outside The Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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