The Rio Olympics is the 28th Summer Olympic games. The first one took place in Greece in 1896 and since then the event has been held in 19 different countries.


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But do you ever stop and wonder just what happened to all of those huge venues purposely built to host the world's most famous games? Well, take a look at the pictures below and wonder no more, because Bored Panda has compiled a list of abandoned Olympic stadiums and villages from around the world. From Beijing to Berlin, from Athens to Atlanta, these pictures serve to remind us that while the games may be over, the memories live on.

#1 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.

Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

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António Lima 3 months ago

At least its used for something

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#2 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.

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

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Lucia Lintnerová 3 months ago

for a 60 year old building this looks still good

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#3 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.

Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

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Hans 3 months ago

This is due to the horrible civil war.

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#4 Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic Village.

Olympic Village, Athens,  2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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.gas. 3 months ago

I love the random office chair. ???

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#5 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.

Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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António Lima 3 months ago

A place with a lot of history

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

48 of abandonment and a beautiful view

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

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.gas. 3 months ago

Keep it for hikers! Would be a great workout.

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#7 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.

Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

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.gas. 3 months ago

This isn't a "waste." They have re-purposed an area.

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

Kayak And Canoeing Venue, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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António Lima 3 months ago

Wonder why grece is in crisis (my country is in the same situation)

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

View at the Helliniko Olympic complex in 2014.

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

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António Lima 3 months ago

I see that grece wasted everything.

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#10 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... Read More

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.

Olympic Mascots Lie Unwanted, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

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Jennifer North Fitzgibbons 3 months ago

I'm surprised someone didn't take them. Pretty cool. Remind me of Pokémon. lol You think the county would sell off these type of Olympic pieces to reclaim some of their investment.

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#11 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.

Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

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Juan Molina 3 months ago

The street art is awesome¡!

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

Olympic Flag Posts, Athens,  2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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Jennifer North Fitzgibbons 3 months ago

This looks like an art installation. Gorgeous. So sad though how much waste happens after the Olympics leave, never thought of it before this article.

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

Seats for reporters remain desolate in 2014.

Main Swimming Pool, Athens,  2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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.gas. 3 months ago

The pool actually looks really clean. They might not be using the stands, but someone is using the pool.

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#14 Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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Gabriel Heffernan 3 months ago

Why is this not used for homeless people?!

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

Barricades Outside The Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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.gas. 3 months ago

Not sure of Athens, but here you could get some money for that scrap metal!

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