Abandoned Olympic Sites Around The Globe (54 pics)
1One decade later, civil war broke out amid the breakup of what during the Olympics was the country of Yugoslavia.
2Some of the Olympic venues were repurposed and used as military facilities.
3The bobsled facility was turned into an artillery stronghold during the war.
4Today the heavily graffitied course is sometimes used for BMX races.
5A dog walks past the Kosevo Stadium, where the opening ceremonies were held.
6And weeds grow over the walls of the Kosevo Stadium.
7The abandoned ski jump at Mount Igman.
8Seating is overrun with grass and weeds.
9Another angle of the ski jump.
10The track itself is covered in debris.
11The ski jump through a broken window.
12The Olympic rings on a tower above what used to be the figure skating arena.
13This is what's left of the figure skating facility, Zetra Hall.
14Atlanta 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.
15The cauldron was moved from Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Stadium when the stadium was renamed Turner Field and repurposed for the Braves. The cauldron now sits idly overlooking a highway, and Turner Field will be demolished in 2017.
16Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics and will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
17A sign from the area where the baseball stadium once stood.
18A stray dog on a field that was once inside the baseball stadium.
19A makeshift broom in what was once an Olympic "green area."
20Tourists next to the rings in a former "green area" from the Olympics.
21The parking lot for the cycling stadium is now used for driving tests.
22A rusting sign from the kayaking facility.
23A security guard with a flat tire from his bicycle at the kayaking venue.
24The three empty poles in the left of the shot once flew country flags of medal-winning Olympians.
25The BMX facility.
26Many of their stadiums are shut out from the public, like the beach volleyball facility.
27A promotional banner for beach volleyball still stands.
28Panels on the outside of the beach volleyball facility are falling off.
29A boat sails past the stands and observation tower from the rowing facility.
30The polluted waters near the facility.
31Athens went $15 billion over its budget to prepare for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
32Greece shouldered the cost overruns, and many of the facilities have fallen into disuse.
33The Olympic Village is abandoned.
34The city planned to turn the Olympic Village into public housing.
35Thousands of families applied to live there, but the whole project fell through.
36Seating areas are overgrown with weeds.
37And stairs and covered in rust.
38The canoe and kayak facility was the first in Olympic history to be filled with saltwater rather than freshwater.
39Now it's abandoned.
40And dry in patches.
41There's graffiti everywhere.
42Beach volleyball practice courts are growing wild.
43The beach volleyball venue from a distance.
44Inside, it's a nightmare.
46Weeds are everywhere.
47A pool at the Olympic Village is filthy.
49Frogs have found homes, at least.
50Frogs have found homes, at least.
51The tracks are still used by some, but it doesn't mean they're in good shape.
52The field hockey facility.
53And an old podium.