What abandoned Olympic venues from around the world look like today

The Olympics often leaves a lasting legacy. A legacy of sport, achievement and a sense of togetherness resonates. Sometimes, however, venues are left to rot away from the prying eyes of the world. Here’s some of the most decrepit around…

Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984.

Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

One decade later, civil war broke out and ravaged the country.

One decade later, civil war broke out and ravaged the country.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Some of the Olympic venues were repurposed and used as military facilities.

Some of the Olympic venues were repurposed and used as military facilities.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Source: REUTERS

The bobsled facility was turned into an artillery stronghold during the war.

The bobsled facility was turned into an artillery stronghold during the war.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Source: REUTERS

Today the heavily vandalized course is sometimes used for BMX races.

Today the heavily vandalized course is sometimes used for BMX races.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

A dog walks past the Kosevo Stadium, where the opening ceremonies were held.

A dog walks past the Kosevo Stadium, where the opening ceremonies were held.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The ski jump track is covered in debris.

The track itself is covered in debris.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The Olympic rings on a tower above what used to be the figure skating arena.

The Olympic rings on a tower above what used to be the figure skating arena.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996. The Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was used for baseball, but was demolished in 1997. The space was turned into 4,000 parking spaces.

Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996. The Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was used for baseball, but was demolished in 1997. The space was turned into 4,000 parking spaces.

REUTERS Photography

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, and will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, and will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

REUTERS/David Gray

A sign from the area where the baseball stadium once stood.

A sign from the area where the baseball stadium once stood.

REUTERS/David Gray

Tourists stand to take pictures next to the rings in a former “green area” from the Olympics.

Tourists stand to take pictures next to the rings in a former "green area" from the Olympics.

REUTERS/David Gray

A rusting sign from the kayaking facility.

A rusting sign from the kayaking facility.

REUTERS/David Gray

The three empty poles in the left of the shot once flew country flags of medal-winning Olympians.

 The three empty poles in the left of the shot once flew country flags of medal-winning Olympians.

REUTERS/David Gray

Source: REUTERS

Many of their stadiums are shut out from the public, like the beach volleyball facility.

Many of their stadiums are shut out from the public, like the beach volleyball facility.

REUTERS/David Gray

Panels on the outsides of the beach volleyball facility are falling off.

Panels on the outsides of the beach volleyball facility are falling off.

REUTERS/David Gray

The polluted waters near the facility.

The polluted waters near the facility.

REUTERS/David Gray

Athens went $15 billion over budget to prepare for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Athens went $15 billion over budget to prepare for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Source: IMF

The Olympic village is totally abandoned.

The Olympic village is totally abandoned.

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The city planned to turn the Olympic village into public housing.

The city planned to turn the Olympic village into public housing.

Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Source: Telegraph

Thousands of families applied to live there, but the whole project fell through.

Thousands of families applied to live there, but the whole project fell through.

Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Source: Telegraph

The canoe and kayak facility was the first in Olympic history to be filled with salt water rather than fresh water.

The canoe and kayak facility was the first in Olympic history to be filled with salt water rather than fresh water.

REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Source: NYT

Now it’s abandoned.

Now it's abandoned.

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The diving center is drained.

The diving center is drained.

Oli Scarff/Getty Images

One pool is filthy.

One pool is filthy.

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Frogs have found homes, at least.

The tracks are still used by some, but it doesn’t mean they’re in good shape.

The tracks are still used by some, but it doesn't mean they're in good shape.

REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

And an old podium.

And an old podium.

REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Not good. Thankfully, the majority of buildings around the world are well respected and looked after. After all, someone’s spent a lot of time designing and building it! If you fancy a career in Architecture, check out our Civil Engineering courses today!

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