Photos of Abandoned Olympic Sites Around the World

Trebević Bobsled Track, Sarajevo 1984

Every country hosting an Olympics always claims that they will re-use the buildings afterwards. Some, like London, seem to be on their way to succeeding.

But what about all the others? Since 2008, photographer Jon Pack and filmmaker Gary Hustwit have been touring abandoned Olympic sites across the world. What a trip.

Grzegorz Kowalski's Olympic sculpture "Reloj Solar", Mexico City 1968

The show, The Post-Olympic City, at New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture, documents their travels to former Olympic sites in Athens, Barcelona, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Montreal, Lake Placid, Rome and Sarajevo. They plan to get to Beijing, Berlin, Moscow and London next.

Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA), Athens 2004

First noted at flavourpill, they called the show "the very best of Olympic ruin porn". So here goes.

Grand Olympic Auditorium (now Glory Church of Jesus Christ), Los Angeles 1932

Some of the former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that deny their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches.

Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA), Athens 2004

Others sit unused for decades and become time capsules.

Tower of Montreal at the base of the Olympic Stadium, Montreal 1976

Montreal's mayor famously said 'The Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit, than a man can have a baby.' However, it took until 2006 for Quebec to pay off its buildings, calling it the Big Owe (after the doughnut-shaped Olympic stadium which had been called the Big O).

Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Barcelona 1992

At last, a success story with this glorious pool in Barcelona (1992). The Olympics provided an opportunity for Barcelona to develop its infrastructure in a spectacular way; using famous Spanish architects and making it well-known on the world scene.

Photos of Abandoned Olympic Sites Around the World
For many countries, their Olympic buildings end up being crumbling relics of another time.

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