Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics
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.
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
The judges’ stand provided a vantage point for sharpshooters from both sides.
For some time, the bobsled track was turned into an artillery fortress.
Graffiti on bottom turn of the track
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
Ten years after spending $15 billion on the 2004 Summer Olympics, most of the venues in Athens are now crumbling.
Aquatic Center in 2004
The economic downturn drained the wallets of Greece and as a result, drained this pool of all its life.
OAKA Main Sports Hall
Field Hockey Stadium
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
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Present day state
Beach Volleyball Stadium in July 2008
Left abandoned to waste away
Beijing Baseball Stadium in 2008
Current state as of 2012
Olympic BMX Track
1936 Berlin Summer Olympics
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.
John Macdougall, AFP/Getty Images
Helsinki 1952 Summer OlympicsMain Swimming Stadium
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