Abandoned Olympics Venues: What Happens When Nature Takes Stadiums Back? Olympics events are pretty awesome at the time. But as these abandoned Olympics venues prove, nothing lasts forever. Human success is fine and all, but nature still rules the world. Matthew Loffhagen Ski Jump Tower - 1956 Winter OlympicsImage By: Fabio GregoroniOlympics venues are only ever used for a short time. This ski jump tower from the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina D'ampezzo, Italy is beautifully haunting. Bob Sled Track - 1984 Winter OlympicsImage By: Instagram/Dado RuvicAn old bobsled track in Sarajevo has now completely overgrown. What was once an important part of the country's history has now been entirely forgotten. Ski Jump - 1984 Winter OlympicsImage By: Dado Ruvic This ski jump looked very different when it was pristine, and covered in thick ice and snow. Now, it's just another empty venue. Mural - 1996 Summer OlympicsThis mural in Atlanta was painted in celebration of the city holding the Summer Olympics. Now, it's overgrown with foliage, paint is peeling, and its owners are desperately trying to get someone to lease the building. Olympics Village - 1936 Summer OlympicsImage By: Martin SachseOnce upon a time, the Berlin Summer Olympics offered world class accomodation for its atheletes. Now, all that remains is an ugly concrete building and a lot of overgrown grass. Bobsled Track - 1984 Winter OlympicsImage By: Flickr/Arman Dz. When properly maintained, this bobsled run was a sight to behold. Now, the snow falls wherever it wants, and it's hard to truly picture what the track looked like when it was new. Bobsled Track - 1984 Winter OlympicsImage By: Flickr/Marco FieberBut, it's only winter for part of the year. The rest of the time, this track is covered in leaf litter as the trees slowly engulf everything that's left of the event track. Bobsled Track - 1984 Winter OlympicsImage By: Instagram/Dado RuvicThis isn't to say that there aren't people putting the course to good use. While a bobsled couldn't slide down this track in the summer, it's a biker's paradise. Olympics Village - 1936 Summer OlympicsImage By: Bored Panda Berlin's Olympic village in 1936 was the first to offer a recreational swimming pool for Olympiads, which seems bizarre now. These small cottages have fared better than many parts of the village, but they're still not exactly being carefully looked after. Event Venue - 1980 Summer OlympicsImage By: 500px/ Oh BrezhnevIt could be argued that the graffitti that covers a lot of these old venues adds a certain extra charm. At least someone is coming to visit these forgotten stadiums. Olympics Village - 1936 Summer OlympicsImage By: Flickr/ Andreas LeversSome of these places look very ghostly, as if the spirits of atheletes and spectators from years ago might be hiding in the empty buildings. Olympics Village - 1936 Summer OlympicsImage By: Wikimedia/ Andreas Levers Hosting the Olympics is not a cheap experience for any city, so it's always depressing to see these venues deserted and left to rot years later. Swimming Pool - 2004 Summer OlympicsImage By: Kyodo News/ NewscomAthens is a notable city that spent huge amounts of money on preparing for the Olympics, only to see their economy crumble soon afterwards. This long after the fact, it's hard not to ask, was it actually worth it? Olympic Flag Posts - 2004 Summer OlympicsImage By: Bored PandaOver a decade ago, countries from around the world came to raise their flags in Athens. Now, none of them remain, and all that's left is the memory of the event -as well as the flagpoles themselves. Canoe and Kayak Center - 2004 Summer OlympicsImage By: Milos Bicanski Shrubs and grass are slowly overtaking many of the stadiums that once were vitally important to these cities' public images. It seems that the legacy left behind after an Olympics event is fleeting at best. Canoe and Kayak Center - 2004 Summer OlympicsImage By: Ioanna SakellarakiStudies note that there is no lasting change in sporting activity in cities that host the Olympics after the event is over, meaning that there are plenty of stadiums left behind that are basically unused, even if they're not neglected. Sports Complex - 1984 Winter Olympics VenueImage By: Wikimedia/Michael J HaggertyOften, former Olympics sites need to be repurposed in unorthodox ways to make use of the space. Sarajevo's graveyard that's built atop an Olympics venue feels particularly poetic. Ski Jump Tower - 1968 Winter Olympic GamesImage By: 500px/Maxime B The view from atop this disused ski slope is truly spectacular. One can only imagine what it must have been like to actually ski down it during an Olympic contest! Swimming Pool - 1936 Summer OlympicsImage By: Flickr/Peter BromleyVenues were certainly a lot simpler during past Olympic games. This old pool in Berlin wouldn't exactly have provided a fantastic spectator experience! Bobsled Track - 1984 Winter OlympicsImage By: Instagram/Dado RuvicOnce these sites have been built, it'd take too much additional money to dismantle or repurpose them. Even so, simply leaving them to decay somehow feels wasteful. Olympics Village - 1936 Summer OlympicsImage By: Flickr/ Andreas Levers These photos serve as a stark reminder for any city board that might be currently considering bidding for an Olympic games. Temporary glory isn't all it's cracked up to be!