Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Simone Biles are making a huge splash at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Held in different host countries, these games are a great way to showcase the triumph of the human body and spirit. It’s also an excellent way to impress upon the audience the importance of sportsmanship, and bringing often conflicting countries together.
Perhaps the most riveting image in this year’s Olympic Games is one selfie taken by athletes from North Korea and South Korea. More than just breaking athletic records, it’s these images that send a powerful message to the world which highlight the Olympics.
Over the years, different countries played host to these humongous games. The reason why they bid to host the games in the first place is to boost tourism in the country. The problem is that after the games, most of the pop-up cities, huge venues, accommodations which hosted the athletes, and even the facilities used to play sporting events simply become abandoned. There might be some jump in the number of tourists visiting the country during the dates when the games are held but what comes next?
Here, we will take a look at some before-and-after photos of Olympic venues, most of which have been simply neglected or abandoned.
1. 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics: Then
Forty-nine nations participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. It was officially called the Games of the XI Olympiad. Perhaps the main reason why it was such a memorable year for the Olympics is that it was officially opened by Adolf Hitler. Trying to outdo the 1932 games held in Los Angeles, they built six gymnasiums; a new track and field stadium with 10,000 seats; and other smaller arenas.
Hitler saw the event as a change to promote racial supremacy ideals and his government. He also tried to prevent Jews from participating but when threatened with a boycott from other nations, Hitler relented. This was the final Olympic Games held prior to World War II. The next one was held in 1948 in London.