The very first Olympics took place in Greece in 1896 and since then, it has been held in 19 different countries.
All of those huge venues purposely built to host the world’s most famous games have now been abandoned. Here is a list of 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 Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics
The bobsled and luge track at Mount Trebevic, the Mount Igman ski-jumping course, and related infrastructure are crumbling more and more each passing year. But adrenaline, fear, and exhilaration are back on the bobsled track as downhill bikers Kemal Mulic, Tarik Hadzic and Kamer Kolar train on the graffiti-covered concrete.
#2 Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue
The unused 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.
#3 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.
#4 Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue
An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic Village.
#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 afterward, and from 1945 as barracks for Russian officers, until the Russian army’s final withdrawal in 1992.
#6 Ski Jumping Tower, Grenoble, France, 1968 Winter Olympic Games
A beautiful view.
#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.
#8 Kayak And Canoeing Venue, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue