As the 2016 Rio Olympics kicks off, eeire photographs of the sites of past Olympics games have been revealed. Check out these incredible photos showing the decaying former Olympic Games sites across the world – from Germany in 1936 to Beijing in 2008.
1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany
The 1936 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele 1936), officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain, on 26 April 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona (two years before the Nazis came to power). It marked the second and final time the International Olympic Committee gathered to vote in a city that was bidding to host those Games.
The athletes village from the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany has had the windows boarded with timber and sheets of plaster have been ripped from the walls of the deserted building.
The Brandenburg buildings have been stripped of the outer walls, windows and doors and have been left as a shell of cement.
The House of Nations housed many kitchens and dining halls at the 1936 Games.
The pool next to the former athlete accommodation in Brandenburg, Germany, has been drained following the 1936 Berlin Games and rust and moss has begun to cover the floors and window panes.
The 1936 Olympic village in Elstal, west of Berlin, housed over 4000 athletes and the pool has been left to fill with leaf-litter.
This swimming pool from the 1936 Olympic village in Elsral, west of Berlin, has been completely drained and has filled with sand and dirt from the peeling ceiling.
1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
The 1956 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VII Olympic Winter Games (Italian: VII Giochi olimpici invernali), was held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Cortina, which had originally been awarded the 1944 Winter Olympics, beat out Montreal, Colorado Springs and Lake Placid for the right to host the 1956 Games. The Cortina Games were unique in that many of the venues were within walking distance of each other. The organising committee received financial support from the Italian government for infrastructure improvements, but the rest of the costs for the Games had to be privately financed. Consequently, the organising committee was the first to rely heavily on corporate sponsorship for funding.
The disused ski-jumping course from the 1956 Winter Olympics threatens to collapse from decomposition.
Now the base of the Cortina jump is used as a football pitch.
1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games (Serbo-Croatian: XIV zimske olimpijske igre), took place in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina). It was the first Winter Olympics held in a Communist state. It was also the second Olympics overall, as well as the second consecutive Olympics, to be held in a Communist nation after the 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow, Soviet Union.
The Olympics podium used to award skiers with their medals at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics on Mount Igman in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been reduced to rubble over the decades.
The land used for the Sarajevo Olympic Games in 1984 is now used as an graveyard with remnants of the abandoned stadiums visible from the site.
Mourners can be seen paying their respects at a graveyard established on the site of the 1984 Olympic Sports Complex in Sarajevo.
The ski lift in Sarajevo that took spectators to the top of the mountain at the 1984 Olympic Games is now abandoned.
The Sarajevo ski jump was used in the 1984 Winter Games and has since been left to fill with dirt, sticks and weeds.
A view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo.
The disused bobsled track from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games on Trebevic mountain is now a target of frequent vandalism.
The disused bobsled is now enjoyed by hordes of mountain bikers.
Downhill bikers Kemal Mulic (centre), Tarik Hadzic (left) and Kamar Kolar (main) use the disused bobsled track from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics on Trebevic mountain to train.
2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games (Modern Greek: Therinoí Olympiakoí Agó̱nes 2004), officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was held in Athens, Greece. Athens 2004 marked the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee were in attendance. 2004 marked the return of the games to the city where they began.
The former Olympic Village in Athens, Greece, has been reduced to rubble from neglect.
A sign emblazoned with the 2004 Athens Summer Games’ motto ‘Welcome Home’ torn in half by vandals.
Hundreds of unused flagpoles are still erected next to a water feature filled with mud in Athens, Greece.
Abandoned Baseball Stadium at the Hellinikon Olympic complex.
The Athens Olympic Softball stadium at the Hellinikon Olympic complex still stands but the seating has been tarnished by the harsh sun and the pitch has overgrown.
This stadium was the site for the Olympic softball in 2004, but has since been abandoned.
The Baseball Stadium at the Athens Hellinikon Olympic complex has slowly been stripped of advertising signage and the grass on the pitch has been left to grow and die.
Most of chairs have been torn off and rust has settled in.
The swimming pool in the former Olympic Village filled with brown murky water, litter and a discarded office chair.
The pool at the Athens Olympic village has filled with mud and rubbish and the walls have been graffitied by vandals.
The Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre has been completely drained, with the bollards formerly used as competitor obstacles still remaining, but now discoloured from the sun.
Drained and abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre at the 2004 Athens games.
Grass and weeds has begun to grow between the stands at the Athens Canoe and Slalom Centre at the Hellinikon Olympic complex.
The old baseball venue at the former Hellenikon Olympic complex in Athens is now used as a shelter for refugees and migrants.
Dozens of tents are erected behind the fence at the old baseball venue of the former Hellenikon Olympic complex in Athens.
2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (Chinese: Dì Èrshíjiǔ Jiè Xiàjì Àolínpǐkè Yùndònghuì) and commonly known as Beijing 2008, took place in Beijing, China. China became the 22nd nation to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to hold a Summer Olympic Games. It was the third time that the Summer Olympic Games were held in East Asia and Asia, after Tokyo, Japan, in 1964 and Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics venue for the beach volleyball competition lies deserted and unmaintained in central Beijing.