1984 Winter Olympics Facilities

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Haunting Photos of the Abandoned 1984 Winter Olympics Facilities


In 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics. Just a decade later, the region was torn apart by a bitter years-long conflict, leading to widespread death and suffering. One not-so-familiar effect of this war was the toll it took on the Olympic infrastructure which had been built not that long ago. Today, these structures stand as a visual reminder of how quickly things can change.

(Photos by borno23)

This is the crumbling medal podium…


The bobsled track has been overgrown…


Graffiti covers the inside walls of the track…


The Olympic rings on the old tower…


The view from the top of the ski jump…



While these photos offer a stunning glimpse of the decayed grounds from the 1984 Winter Olympics, it’s important to also remember how devastating the 1990s war was for the region. The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. The sports complex built for the 1984 Winter Olympics was utilized as a graveyard due to high casualties. The story of the 1984 Olympics doesn’t have the happiest ending, but it’s definitely a story worth knowing.

As the article says, these pictures are stunning for what use to be compared to what it is now.


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