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Old Jul 25th, 2014, 05:21 AM   #1
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30 Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Olympic Stadiums

As quickly as cities rise up to host the Olympics, they seem to fall even faster. After the final national anthem is played, the only thing left for these epic coliseums is wither and decay. It’s an eerie reality. Billions of dollars, thousands of hours of labor, and years later, this is what remains...



Sarajevo was the first Communist city to host the Winter Olympics, part of an effort by the Olympic Committee to include all nations regardless of the politics at the times.

Present Day



Only 10 years after the Olympians left, Yugoslavia split apart into Bosnia and Herzegovina. War broke out and Sarajevo was under siege for the next four years.



The olympic site became a war zone, as both sides battled for control of the ski slopes.

Top of Jump



Ski Jump Medal Podium



Judges stand



The judges’ stand provided a vantage point for sharpshooters from both sides.

Overgrown Bobsled Track



For some time, the bobsled track was turned into an artillery fortress.



Graffiti on bottom turn of the track




Remains of the Olympic Village



By the end of the siege, the former olympic village was a landmine-ridden graveyard, which the people of Sarajevo would rather forget.

Athens 2004 Summer Olympics

Main Fountain Entrance


Ten years after spending $15 billion on the 2004 Summer Olympics, most of the venues in Athens are now crumbling.

Aquatic Center in 2004


Diving pool at Aquatics Center in 2012


The economic downturn drained the wallets of Greece and as a result, drained this pool of all its life.

Volleyball Arena


OAKA Main Sports Hall


Field Hockey Stadium


Multi-Million dollar softball complex
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Old Jul 25th, 2014, 05:24 AM   #2
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Re: 30 Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Olympic Stadiums

Most of the stadiums were poorly designed, focusing only on one sport that had little local interest.

1972 Munich Summer Olympics Abandoned Train Station


2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

“Bird’s Nest” Opening Ceremonies Venue


China spent $40 billion on the 2008 Olympics, this is what that investment looks like now...

Present day state


Beach Volleyball Stadium in July 2008


Current state


Rowing Canals


Left abandoned to waste away




Beijing Baseball Stadium in 2008


Current state as of 2012


Olympic BMX Track


1936 Berlin Summer Olympics

Olympic Village


You can't really blame a county for abandoning the creepy site of an Olympics hosted by the most evil man in history, Adolf Hitler.



Main Amphitheater


Diving Venue


Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics

Main Swimming Stadium




The Olympics are a wonderful way to bring the world together, but this is an aftermath most people don't see. With the 2014 games wrapping up in Sochi, you have to wonder what the $50 Billion pop-up city will look like years from now.
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Welcome to humanity... the fruitless pursuit of "profit".
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Old Jul 25th, 2014, 05:50 AM   #4
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Re: 30 Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Olympic Stadiums

Beach volleyball facilities, as most are usually artificial, nowhere near the sea, have to be the most wasteful projects.
They will require lot of maintenance to be useable if ever they will be.
Beach volleyball is not a sport practiced at high level in lot of countries.
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Montreal did a relatively good job in re-purposing their facilities
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Sydney stadiums are also good. Even the baseball stadium - they converted it into AFL and other events.
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The Olympics should either be canceled altogether or rotate between just a few countries that can afford to keep up with maintenance.
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^ Or to do what London will do, sell the whole complex and relocate it.
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In other words there needs to be local interest or development in the sport of the built stadium, the stadium needs to find a new use, or the stadium gets abandoned
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Bird Nest is still holding events now so it's okay. But the others are quite miserable
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Re: 30 Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Olympic Stadiums

Some of those pictures are really haunting

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The Olympics should either be canceled altogether or rotate between just a few countries that can afford to keep up with maintenance.
Not only that but also in populated areas where there's a chance that they will be used later on

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There's something very poetic
about the works of the
human race in an advanced state
of decrepitude after less than 50 years.

The humans' incapacity
to recycle things and use them again
when there aren't billions of cash
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All Barcelona Olympic sites are still being used. The Olympics changed the city forever and made it a top world destination. Probably the city which has benefited most from the Olympics.

Last week I went to the Olympic diving site (where Kylie shot her video "Slow") and the views are fantastic











http://www.theguardian.com/travel/20...ntjuic-piscina

Barcelona's pool with a view

There's nowhere better to cool off or just hang out than this spectacular public pool, with panoramic views over Barcelona. Professional diver José Marillo takes us on a tour of his 'office'
You can keep your five-star hotels with their pools surrounded by plump oligarchs, sunglass-cleaning technicians and other nannying types pandering to a wealthy few.
The world's best swimming pool is far removed from these rarefied retreats. In fact, you'll find it high on Montjuïc hill, above the beautiful city of Barcelona. Best of all, it's open to everyone, for the piddling price of around £4.
To get the full flavour of this awesome outdoor pool, I join professional diver and Barcelona native José Marillo for a tour of the place he calls his "office".
"Every morning I look forward to going to work," he says, as we take a cab from the city along a picturesque route up to Montjuïc hill. "How many people can say that?"
This is a seriously special commute, with our taxi whizzing past Gaudi's famous Sagrada Família church, arguably the planet's most impressive incomplete structure. (It's estimated that the builders will finally down tools there in 2026 or 2028. That's a whole lot of snagging.)
When we arrive, the pool looks perfect. Calm, blue and glittering in the morning sun. We have a film crew in tow, here as part of the Expedia.co.uk's People-Shaped Travel video series, which reveals unique experiences in cities around the world, and the director pronounces the setting "absolutely stunning". He's bang on. It's open to the public from 11am until 6.30pm throughout the summer but, right now, it's all ours.
Originally built in 1929, the pool came to international prominence when it hosted diving and water polo events at the 1992 summer Olympics. Since then, its panoramic view of Barcelona has provided the backdrop for a Kylie Minogue video and will host the diving events at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. Crucially, the pool also functions as a unique chill-out zone for locals looking to escape the fierce heat of summer.
"The visitors here are the best," says José. "You get all walks of life here, a real cross section of the city. And the view is to die for. It takes my breath away every time."
José's view, to be fair, is better than most, as he surveys the city from the pool's highest diving board. Pausing to adjust his stance, he launches himself into a two and a half somersault in a pike position, entering the water with barely a ripple. Never mind the view, this is a truly breathtaking sight.
"The dive feels as good as it looks," he laughs. "I see sky, water and then sky again and that is when I know it is time to open out my body for the rip entry. That means no splash. It is a very satisfying moment."
While only the most fearless of visitors will experience José's unique view of this stunning space, anyone who spends an afternoon here will agree that there is plenty of satisfaction to be found in simply lounging around the world's most spectacular swimming pool.


Visit the Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Avinguda de Miramar 31 (00 34 9344 300 46), bit.ly/olympicdivingpool. Price is €5.35 (£4.60) for adults.
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