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The Abandoned Olympic Sites

Updated on August 15, 2014
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Laura has been photographing historical, abandoned, and rural ruins in Ontario since getting her first digital camera in 2006.


I'm watching the 2012 London Olympics (and enjoying the opening ceremonies very much) but, I can't help think about the past Olympic sites. So much money, construction and real estate poured into a one time event... and then? Some of them are repurposed, given new life as something else. But, not all of them.

As the Olympics grow with more events added and more countries joining, each Olympic Games needs to host more athletes, build more sporting facilities, and provide more security. Then there is the temporary deluge on city services like public transit and city maintenance workers. The expense is huge. Of course the Olympics bring in money but how do the books balance out when all is said and done and the medals have long been handed out?

How long will the countries (cities) of the world be able to continue supporting the Olympic Games as they are? It seems something will have to give. Nothing can just keep growing and expanding forever.

Olympic Village Ghost Town (Vancouver)

Montreal's Olympic Legacy

Abandoned Olympic Village (1936 Berlin)

Abandoned Olympic Village - Berlin

Olympic Village Berlin 1936

Athens Olympics Venues Become New Greek Ruins


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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for your comment Rob. I don't see how the Olympics can continue unless they break it up and end up having a much smaller Olympic Games every year. Already the Winter Olympics give us a round of Olympics every other year. But, even if they do that, there are still over 200 countries participating. I don't know what the average number of athletes per country is. But, it has to be at least a thousand all together.

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      Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Good points; I'm glad the Olympics didn't come to New York (They bid on it but lost to London) because they were talking about using money the city doesn't have to build an Olympic city. How is it they can't feed the poor people but they have money to build a city that will be used once?

      Good hub,


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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      You're welcome. Thanks for the comment.

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      John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      An incredible amount of interesting information in one hub, That Grrl. Very, very impressive. Thank you.