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.

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

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.

Dado Ruvic Report

António Lima
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4 years ago

At least its used for something

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#2

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

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.

Fabio Gregoroni Report

Lucia Lintnerová
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4 years ago

for a 60 year old building this looks still good

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#3

Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

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.

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Hans
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4 years ago

This is due to the horrible civil war.

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#4

Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic Village.

Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Report

.gas.
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4 years ago

I love the random office chair. ???

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#5

Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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.

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António Lima
Community Member
4 years ago

A place with a lot of history

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#6

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

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

48 of abandonment and a beautiful view

Maxime B Report

.gas.
Community Member
4 years ago

Keep it for hikers! Would be a great workout.

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#7

Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

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.

Michael J. Haggerty Report

.gas.
Community Member
4 years 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

Ioanna Sakellaraki Report

António Lima
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4 years 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

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

View at the Helliniko Olympic complex in 2014.

Milos Bicanski Report

António Lima
Community Member
4 years ago

I see that grece wasted everything.

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#10

Olympic Mascots Lie Unwanted, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

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.

Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images Report

Jennifer North Fitzgibbons
Community Member
4 years 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

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.

David Gray/Reuters Report

Juan Molina
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4 years 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
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4 years 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

Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Seats for reporters remain desolate in 2014.

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.gas.
Community Member
4 years 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

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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

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Gabriel Heffernan
Community Member
4 years ago

Why is this not used for homeless people?!

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

A) there are not as many homeless in Germany as in many parts in the world, particularly not in rural areas. B) renovating it probably would cost more than errecting something new.

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Michella Kuijkhoven
Community Member
4 years ago

These buildings weren't houses for the athletes. They were build after the Olympics to house the Russian army

Maria Grade
Community Member
4 years ago

The buildings on the photo are NOT from 1936! These are houses for soviet soldiers and their families who lived in this area after 1945.

Mark Hill
Community Member
3 years ago

How is a structure from 1936 supposed to be a "waste"? /rofl

Michael Schied
Community Member
4 years ago

The explanation is not true. These houses are modern. They were built by the Soviet army much later.

Majo Jae
Community Member
3 years ago

That's not true. These were houses of the Russian army. Construction, around 1970

Kaitlynn Grovesteen
Community Member
3 years ago

why don't they all live in RVs while they're there. They actors do when filming a movie. There was no need to make something so permanent that would be used temporarily.

Colleen Tucker
Community Member
3 years ago

Probably because it was built in 1936!!

Timothy O'Brien
Community Member
3 years ago

They look quite modern for 1936

Chia Ler
Community Member
3 years ago

isnt tis a map in COD :O

Cathy Dowd
Community Member
3 years ago

Or used for anything...

Monib Kouchekzadeh
Community Member
3 years ago

homes for the refugees?

Mathias Hasselmann
Community Member
4 years ago

This building rather looks like a residential building typical for Eastern Germany in the 1950's, 1960's. The Olympic Village's buildings were lower and rather should have had hip roof, which were pretty popular in Berlin during the 1930's.

Kendralee Catherine
Community Member
4 years ago

The building is probably more solid than the buildings built in more recent years

Ainslie Bryce
Community Member
4 years ago

Why aren't these venues renovated to house refugees if they're just abandoned anyway?!

Layla Brookes
Community Member
4 years ago

This is incredible.

Roman Avianus
Community Member
4 years ago

These are buildings from GDR Times called "Plattenbau" made for the russian soldiers after 1956.

Juno Cardinal
Community Member
4 years ago

That is not from Olympia this is a empty but typically GDR apartment house style. We call it "Plattenbau" !!!

Jana Chakredt
Community Member
3 years ago

Do not forget the origins from "Plattenbau" - Bauhaus. And this rises before the WW2. Or do you have any other proofs that this photo isn't from Berlin '36?

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Christoph Blase
Community Member
4 years ago

These are sowjet buildings, built after the war...

Michella Kuijkhoven
Community Member
4 years ago

Those buildings weren't houses for athletes. They were build after the Olympics to house the Russian army

Rafał Gałkowski
Community Member
4 years ago

A history before WW2 began...

Jayred Shorts
Community Member
3 years ago

You can find bums in there now, tthat's where they go to shoot heroin and butt fuck

Janet Paulin
Community Member
4 years ago

This is where they can house is a refugees they've let in.

Christian Hill
Community Member
4 years ago

Still better than RIO

Diana Sancho
Community Member
4 years ago

Have you even seen the Olympic village in Rio? It's beautiful

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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.
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#16

Soviet Venue, Tallinn, 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics

Soviet Venue, Tallinn, 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics

Old Soviet venue built for the Moscow Olympics in the 1980. Located in Tallinn, Estonia.

Oh Brezhnev Report

Jennifer North Fitzgibbons
Community Member
4 years ago

Gorgeous picture! I find most of these pictures to be art.

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#17

Ski Jump, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Ski Jump, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

A view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo, Sept. 19, 2013. Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect.

Dado Ruvic/Reuters Report

Wendilynn Kerezman
Community Member
4 years ago

war has a way of doing that.

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#18

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

The first permanent Olympic village. The athletes were impressed - each house had its own steward and there had never been a swimming pool before at an Olympic village.

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Tessa
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4 years ago

They could still use it, it looks pretty good. Especially since it was build in 1936

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#19

Beach Volleyball Centre, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Beach Volleyball Centre, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

General view of the Beach Volleyball Olympic Stadium at Faliro Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece on July 31, 2014. Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th - 29th August with the motto 'Welcome Home'. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approx 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece's economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned.

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Scott Lacey
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4 years ago

And nature always wins in the end.

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#20

Fountain In Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Fountain In Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

The remains of a fountain decorated with the Olympic rings and graffiti-defaced marble blocks dedicated to Greek Olympic medal winners are seen here decapitating in 2012.

Thanassis Stavrakis/ AP Report

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
4 years ago

Decapitating?

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#21

Tennis Court, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

Tennis Court, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

The derelict netting and scoreboard in the background on a tennis court stand at the Stone Mountain Tennis Center, home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games tennis events, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, July 19, 2016. The permanent tennis facility built in a corner of Stone Mountain Park quickly became a money-loser and now sits idle, weeds growing through the outer courts and the scoreboard in disrepair.

David Goldman/AP Photo Report

Leon Hayden-Nagatomo
Community Member
4 years ago

Surely the Walking Dead TV series can take advantage of the ready made dystopian looking sets?

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#22

Olympic Baseball Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Baseball Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

View of derelict stands at the Olympic Baseball Stadium at the Helliniko Olympic complex in Athens, Greece, July 31, 2014. Due to Greece's economic frailties after the Olympic Games, there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned.

Milos Bicanski/Getty Images Report

.gas.
Community Member
4 years ago

There's only litter in that one spot. Someone's got a favorite drinking seat.

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#23

Diving Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Diving Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Water is drained from the diving pool which forms part of the Olympic Aquatic Centre in the 2004 Olympic Games Complex on February 18, 2012 in Athens, Greece.

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Scott Lacey
Community Member
4 years ago

Bet they could score the worlds smallest splash during training for their next Olympics.

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#24

Olympic Stadium Train Stop, Munich, 1972 Summer Olympics

Olympic Stadium Train Stop, Munich, 1972 Summer Olympics

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.gas.
Community Member
4 years ago

I see the "Sex Phantom" was here.

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#25

Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

A deserted pool used during the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

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Luca Oppenheimer
Community Member
4 years ago

Creepy!

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#26

Training Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Training Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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António Lima
Community Member
4 years ago

Ex training pool, now training dump, sadddddddd!!!!!

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#27

Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

The Olympic Caldron can be seen in the foreground, as explosive charges weaken the Fulton County Stadium, Aug. 2, 1997, in Atlanta. The stadium, home of the Braves from1966-1996, was imploded to make room for a parking.

Alan Mothner/AP Photo Report

Julie Miller
Community Member
4 years ago

This is misleading. Turner Field (rear) was the Olympic Stadium...it was converted into the baseball stadium after the Olympics, which was the plan from its original construction.

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#28

Kayaking Competition Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Kayaking Competition Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

The deserted and unmaintained former venue for the kayaking competition of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, can be seen on the outskirts of Beijing, March 27, 2012. The gigantic infrastructures built for the Beijing Olympics, namely the "Bird's Nest", and the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the "Water Cube", are now used for cultural and sports events, reminding the world of the flare that blazed during the summer of 2008.

David Gray/Reuters Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

The problems with these is the energy needed to run them. Hardly affordable if you would keep ot open for hobbyists.

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#29

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

The athletes village of the Summer Olympics in Berlin in 1936 was located in Elstal (today part of Wustermark) and was designed by Werner and Walter March. After the war, the Soviet occupation army withdrew an on-site and used it until 1992.

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Emma Thorp
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes 1936. Let's see, that's. .... 1,2,3,4 ... 80 years ago! *surprised face*

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#30

Olympic Rings Monument, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Olympic Rings Monument, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Most of the venues from the 1984 Winter Olympics near Sarajevo, Bosnia have been neglected and nearly reduced to rubble.

Hedwig Klawuttke Report

Wendilynn Kerezman
Community Member
4 years ago

Considering that the site of the olympics location was a war zone for many years, most of the buildings were destroyed in one way or another.

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#31

Cinema In The Olympic Village, Mexico City, 1968 Summer Olympics

Cinema In The Olympic Village, Mexico City, 1968 Summer Olympics

During the Games, the cinema hosted movie nights and other entertainment for the athletes.

Gary Hustwit Report

Cathy Lowery
Community Member
4 years ago

Seriously?! There's no excuse to let a movie theater go to waste. I mean, it's not like it's a bobsled run!

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#32

Roads With Huge Potholes, Sochi, 2014 Winter Olympics

Roads With Huge Potholes, Sochi, 2014 Winter Olympics

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Francis Finan
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4 years ago

I see a pothole, singular.

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#33

Lake Tower, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

Lake Tower, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

The tower at Lake Lanier Olympic Park, home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games rowing events, stands after being renovated in Gainesville, Georgia, July 19, 2016. This man-made lake still has its rowing facilities, which have been used for major competitions over the last two decades.

David Goldman/AP Photo Report

Jennifer North Fitzgibbons
Community Member
4 years ago

I love that this one has been renovated and is still used. Too bad they all haven't!

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#34

Softball Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Softball Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

After the games the village was used as a worker housing project. Eight years later, when this photo was taken, many of the venues remained abandoned or rarely used.

Angelos Tzortzinis Report

.gas.
Community Member
4 years ago

This doesn't look "abandoned to me." The seats are clean, and the structure looks still intact. Just the lawn is overgrown. Who's to say it's not still being used?

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#35

Taekwondo Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Taekwondo Stadium, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

The Taekwondo Olympic Stadium at Faliro Olympic Complex.

Milos Bicanski Report

Marilou P
Community Member
4 years ago

This one houses conferences often, as well as theater on ice events, cause it is the one of the two venues that can accomodate an ice rink.

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#36

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

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Shruti Naik
Community Member
4 years ago

This is still habitable after refurbishment...

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#37

Mural, Mechanicsville, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics

Mural, Mechanicsville, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics

A mural of a woman running with an Olympic torch-- graces an abandoned building in Mechanicsville, one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. Neighborhoods such as this one, a few blocks from the former Olympic stadium, experienced the greatest displacement.

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Natalie Nicholls
Community Member
4 years ago

What a disgusting waste of money. There are so many lives in this world that could be saved, clothed , fed and homed with this kind of money.

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#38

Olympic Games Cauldron, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Games Cauldron, Atlanta, 1996 Summer Olympics Venue

The 1996 Olympic Games cauldron is seen, Aug. 20, 2011 in Atlanta. The cauldron was moved from its original location.

Erik S. Lesser Report

Joan OConnor
Community Member
4 years ago

So it's recycled. What's wrong with that?

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#39

Football Field, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Football Field, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

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Πανος Παναγυφτόπουλος
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4 years ago

That's the hockey pitch!

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#40

Olympic Rings, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Olympic Rings, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

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

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António Lima
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4 years ago

Wars sucks!

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