The 2016 Summer Olympics are finally over. This year’s games were filled with winners, losers, and lots of controversy surrounding the Rio landscape… and Ryan Lochte. Though they pulled it together in the end, what happens when the athletes collect their medals and return home? Does the host country continue to enjoy the fruits of their multi-million dollar investment? Not so much, apparently. But let’s hope the 2016 venues don’t meet the same fate as these venues from Olympics past.
Behold, 13 abandoned Olympic venues that will make you question how good the Olympics actually are for hosting cities.
Olympic Village Training Pool, 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens
This looks more like a tornado aftermath than a place where athletes once trained. Brown, murky water and garbage fills the pool, making it look more like a swamp than a swimming pool. And the random office chair is puzzling. It’s a sad state for the venue, especially considering Greece spent around $15 billion to host the events.
The pool looks even worse here as random debris and dirty water fills the pool formerly filled with Olympic hopefuls. The sad truth is that many locals appear to use the empty pool to dump their trash. This venue could’ve been renovated into a public swimming pool. Instead, it’s left to collect the city’s random trash. Bummer.
Swimming Pool, 1936 Summer Olympics, Berlin
The pool at the historic Berlin venue looks like something out of a horror movie. Rust covers the window panes and mysterious grime and dirt fill every inch of the tiles. During WWII, the German army used the venue as a barracks. Then, after 1945, Russian officers used it for the same purpose. Sadly, Russian troops finally retreated for good in 1992, leaving the building to rot.