Abandoned Olympic Venues Show How Much Money Is Wasted On The Games

Published 8 years ago

Brazil has received quite a bit of criticism for spending billions on the Olympic games while postponing projects that would benefit the country’s struggling citizens. The government’s response has been that the infrastructure built for the games will serve the country for years to come. But will it really?

The Rio Olympics is the 28th Summer Olympic games held since their rebirth in Greece back in 1896. Since then the event has been held in 19 different countries and the argument about the longevity of the infrastructure built for the games has not always stood the test of time. To showcase this, Bored Panda has compiled a list of 15 Olympic venues that were left abandoned soon after the Games finished.

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#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.



Image source: 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.


Image source: Dado Ruvic

#3 Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic Village.


Image source: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

#4 Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

View of the swimming pool in the 1936 Olympic village in Elstal, west of Berlin. The village, which housed over 4.000 athletes for the notorious 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, then under Nazi rule, was used as barracks for the German army shortly afterwards, and from 1945 as barracks for Russian officers, until the Russian army’s final withdrawal in 1992.


Image source: Peter Bromley

#5 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.


Image source: Michael J. Haggerty

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


Image source: Maxime B

#7 Ski Jump Tower, Cortina D’ampezzo, Italy, 1956 Winter Olympics Venue

Interesting fact about these ski jumping towers is that the Swiss jumper, Andreas Dascher introduced a new style of jumping, which would soon come to be known as the Dascher technique. Before these Games, the athletes would hold their arms forward over their heads. Dascher reasoned that if the athlete held his arms at his side he would fly farther. Adherents to this new style dominated the competition.


Image source: Fabio Gregoroni

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

Seats for reporters remain desolate in 2014.


Image source: Kyodo News/ Newscom

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


Image source: Ioanna Sakellaraki

#10 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.


Image source: David Gray/Reuters

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

View at the Helliniko Olympic complex in 2014.


Image source: Milos Bicanski

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


Image source: Арыстан Аубакир

#13 Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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


Image source: Martin Sachse/Getty Images

#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.


Image source: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

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


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