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Posted: 1/20/2015 10:25:13 AM EST
Abandoned Olympic 2004 venues in socialist Athens Greece

On 13 August 2004, the Olympic Games came home to Greece for the XXVIII Olympiad at an estimated cost of approximately €9bn. A decade after the sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues now lie abandoned. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Games are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty, with many questioning how the nation has benefited from the multi-billion-dollar event
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The Olympic Sports Complex.


The Schinias Centre in Marathon that hosted the rowing and canoeing competitions.


An abandoned training field at the Olympic Village.


The abandoned beach volleyball venue in Neo Faliro.


Worn press seats at the outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool of the Olympic Complex.


The remains of a fountain decorated with the Olympic rings and graffiti-defaced marble blocks dedicated to Greek Olympic medal winners are seen at the Olympic village.


An abandoned training pool for athletes at the Olympic Village.


The Olympic Hockey Stadium at the Helliniko Olympic Complex.


Outside the Olympic Stadium.


The Olympic Softball Stadium at the Helliniko Olympic Complex.


The Taekwondo Olympic Stadium at Faliro Olympic Complex.


Derelict buildings at the Helliniko Olympic Complex

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The Olympic Aquatic Centre.


The Olympic Aquatic Centre.


The Canoe/Kayak Slalom Centre at the Helliniko Olympic complex


The Canoe/Kayak Slalom Centre at the Helliniko Olympic complex.


One venue that has done well post-Games is the Panathenaic stadium in Athens. The old Olympic Stadium of Athens, a marble reconstruction of the city’s ancient stadium built for the first modern Olympics held in Athens, is open to ticket-paying visitors who can also visit a small Olympic museum on the site.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:29:14 AM EST
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Typical of most Olympic venues, no? Beijing and sochi will be the same.

ETA: I mean typical for third world type places that hold the games.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:31:44 AM EST
It always seemed stupid to spend all that money to build structures that have no use after the games are over. Why not have a dedicated Olympics center that is used over and over every four years? Have the various countries pay X amount for upkeep.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:32:48 AM EST
This is what happens to most Olympic venues.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:33:57 AM EST
HATER - that was all about millions of shovel-ready jobs that were created or saved.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:34:01 AM EST
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Originally Posted By substandard:
It always seemed stupid to spend all that money to build structures that have no use after the games are over. Why not have a dedicated Olympics center that is used over and over every four years? Have the various countries pay X amount for upkeep.
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World citizens dude!


And corruption. Lots of it. These games are big money.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:34:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ddp0727:
Typical of most Olympic venues, no? Beijing and sochi will be the same.

ETA: I mean typical for third world type places that hold the games.
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Sochi looked like that during the games.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:35:07 AM EST
Thats how most of Greece looks already.

Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:35:10 AM EST
Life...after people.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:36:13 AM EST
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Originally Posted By substandard:
It always seemed stupid to spend all that money to build structures that have no use after the games are over. Why not have a dedicated Olympics center that is used over and over every four years? Have the various countries pay X amount for upkeep.
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I agree
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:36:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/20/2015 10:37:07 AM EST by TacticalHeater]
This is why I don't understand why have these games in countries that can't support it afterwards.


Olympics is a "wonder", it shows a countries wealth and capabilities and showcases it... but it generates no real revenue... in fact, it costs billions that will never come back.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:37:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:37:35 AM EST
My friends Daughter won a Gold medal there

Sad

She made it back to the games 8 years later but not sure how she did

Swimming
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:38:09 AM EST
I wonder how much that cost American tax payers?
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:38:51 AM EST
Can we send Mitt Romney?
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:39:45 AM EST
Ain't s'posed to last f'rever.

Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:40:59 AM EST
A lot of scrap metal is all I see
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:41:31 AM EST
How many billions of $$ is that rotting away in nature?
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:42:08 AM EST
A few thousand years from now, it will all be uncovered and it will thought of like the old Greece is today.





Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:47:31 AM EST
The Olympics suck.

Baseball is not an Olympic sport but table tennis, handball, and badminton are, what a joke.

Fuck the Olympics.

I will watch when baseball is back on the menu.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:47:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Typhoid70:
This is what happens to most Olympic venues.
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That they do. Sad really.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:49:22 AM EST
This,and the rest of their problems are ALL fault's of Bush!Nice Greek place we "used to" eat at the owners tried convincing us of this,i shit you not...
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:49:41 AM EST
Cool, like some of the Malls here.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:50:19 AM EST
I haven't been into the Olympics in a long long time. Gone are the days of the 1980 Winter Olympics.

I don't get the feeling that any of our athletes even care a wit about representing the nation. What I see is a lot of dope smoking, self important types being subsidized by corporations and begging for money from the average joe. They go and act like assholes and hit the news get caught smoking dope and embarrassing their team. Not all but damned if it doesn't seem to happen every year.

All the olympics have had corruption. The Greeks just did it on a grand scale. If they were too stupid to realize "friends" of the in folks made the money and the money came from others, whether tax subsidized or not.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 10:53:28 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:
I haven't been into the Olympics in a long long time. Gone are the days of the 1980 Winter Olympics.

I don't get the feeling that any of our athletes even care a wit about representing the nation. What I see is a lot of dope smoking, self important types being subsidized by corporations and begging for money from the average joe. They go and act like assholes and hit the news get caught smoking dope and embarrassing their team. Not all but damned if it doesn't seem to happen every year.

All the olympics have had corruption. The Greeks just did it on a grand scale. If they were too stupid to realize "friends" of the in folks made the money and the money came from others, whether tax subsidized or not.
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Lol @ "that dope fiend won us a shitload of medals and crushed everyone, he might as well have take A shit on the flag!"







You forgot that phelps dates a tranny too.


The dope and fame made him acquire a taste for dicks and boipussy
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:05:43 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Jerryjeff:
The Olympics suck.

Baseball is not an Olympic sport but table tennis, handball, and badminton are, what a joke.

Fuck the Olympics.

I will watch when baseball is back on the menu.
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The only countries that care about baseball are Latin America, Caribbean, USA and Japan.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:02:05 PM EST

1972 Munich Olympic Stadium Train Station
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Athens Olympic site walkway
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:06:54 PM EST
Sochi already looks like that less than a year later.

Putin's buddies got big contracts so it's ok.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:06:58 PM EST
Athens' Ghost Airport

Built in 1938, it was used as a Luftwaffe base during the Nazi occupation of Greece. It was then used by the United States Air Force after the end of World War Two.

The airport had two terminals: the West Terminal for Olympic Airways, and the East Terminal, designed by star Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, for all other carriers.

In its heyday, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis ran Olympic Airways in lavish style, and his partner Maria Callas added a touch of glamour. Before its closure on March 30, 2001, the airport was serving 12 million passengers per year.
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Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:09:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Jerryjeff:
The Olympics suck.

Baseball is not an Olympic sport but table tennis, handball, and badminton are, what a joke.

Fuck the Olympics.

I will watch when baseball is back on the menu.
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Olympic trivia: Why is softball no longer an Olympic sport? While some conspiracy theorists speculate the IOC’s ’05 secret vote to cut softball was a politically motivated attempt to punish the US for the Iraq war, it’s more likely the result of a lack of participation. And pure US domination. U-S-A! U-S-A! Despite narrowly being upset by Japan in Beijing, the US women’s team went a combined 14-0 in the ’04/ ’08 preliminary rounds, outscoring opponents 94-1.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:09:52 PM EST
You would think local schools could have used those grounds for competitions. If its already built it just needs to be half assed maintained instead of being allowed to fall into ruin.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:11:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Balista:
Athens' Ghost Airport

Built in 1938, it was used as a Luftwaffe base during the Nazi occupation of Greece. It was then used by the United States Air Force after the end of World War Two.

The airport had two terminals: the West Terminal for Olympic Airways, and the East Terminal, designed by star Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, for all other carriers.

In its heyday, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis ran Olympic Airways in lavish style, and his partner Maria Callas added a touch of glamour. Before its closure on March 30, 2001, the airport was serving 12 million passengers per year.


http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388041/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

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http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388031/abandoned-plane-athens.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388043/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388044/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388042/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388032/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

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Even the Aircraft
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:11:54 PM EST
Really amazing.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:12:35 PM EST
Needs to get turned into a paintball field.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:13:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:13:11 PM EST
The Atlanta Olympics did a good job to repurpose its venues, but most foreign govt's do not, and the places just become the money pits that they were.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:15:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/20/2015 12:15:33 PM EST by Typhoid70]
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Originally Posted By Balista:



Olympic trivia: Why is softball no longer an Olympic sport? While some conspiracy theorists speculate the IOC’s ’05 secret vote to cut softball was a politically motivated attempt to punish the US for the Iraq war, it’s more likely the result of a lack of participation. And pure US domination. U-S-A! U-S-A! Despite narrowly being upset by Japan in Beijing, the US women’s team went a combined 14-0 in the ’04/ ’08 preliminary rounds, outscoring opponents 94-1.
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Originally Posted By Balista:
Originally Posted By Jerryjeff:
The Olympics suck.

Baseball is not an Olympic sport but table tennis, handball, and badminton are, what a joke.

Fuck the Olympics.

I will watch when baseball is back on the menu.



Olympic trivia: Why is softball no longer an Olympic sport? While some conspiracy theorists speculate the IOC’s ’05 secret vote to cut softball was a politically motivated attempt to punish the US for the Iraq war, it’s more likely the result of a lack of participation. And pure US domination. U-S-A! U-S-A! Despite narrowly being upset by Japan in Beijing, the US women’s team went a combined 14-0 in the ’04/ ’08 preliminary rounds, outscoring opponents 94-1.



USA: land of best bulldykes
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:18:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
This should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody.
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Not so much of a surprise versus the interesting transition of time. The Parthenon and Acropolis have survived centuries yet time has been extremely cruel to these structures in just 10 years.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:21:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/20/2015 12:23:02 PM EST by refarmed1900mhz]
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Originally Posted By HEATSEAKER:
You would think local schools could have used those grounds for competitions. If its already built it just needs to be half assed maintained instead of being allowed to fall into ruin.
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i bet it goes like this :

School : hello we would like to use the field for an event .. we think the kids wold love it and we will clean up ourselves.

property owners : yes you can use it.. the fee is 5 million a day .

school : ?

property owners : cash or credit ? ( inadvance, of course no refunds ) .. oh and 87% of the nacho sales

school " 'walks away ' ...
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Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
This should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody.
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Still more chilling, at least to me, is this image:

"During the Siege of Sarajevo, the Olympic podium was used as a site for executions and was filled with bullet holes. It has since been repaired."

Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:22:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By substandard:
It always seemed stupid to spend all that money to build structures that have no use after the games are over. Why not have a dedicated Olympics center that is used over and over every four years? Have the various countries pay X amount for upkeep.
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If you continue to offer logical thoughts and intelligent ideas in GD, we're just going to have to ask you to leave.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:23:55 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ddp0727:
Typical of most Olympic venues, no? Beijing and sochi will be the same.

ETA: I mean typical for third world type places that hold the games.
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I can't wait to see a 5 year update on the condition of the Russian Winter Olympic venue.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:24:34 PM EST
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Even the Aircraft
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Originally Posted By Balista:
Athens' Ghost Airport

Built in 1938, it was used as a Luftwaffe base during the Nazi occupation of Greece. It was then used by the United States Air Force after the end of World War Two.

The airport had two terminals: the West Terminal for Olympic Airways, and the East Terminal, designed by star Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, for all other carriers.

In its heyday, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis ran Olympic Airways in lavish style, and his partner Maria Callas added a touch of glamour. Before its closure on March 30, 2001, the airport was serving 12 million passengers per year.


http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388041/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388036/control-tower.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388031/abandoned-plane-athens.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388043/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388044/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388042/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388032/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388038/athens-ghost-airport.jpg


Even the Aircraft



I'm surprised no one has taken parts off of those aircraft to sell.


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Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:29:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By Balista:


http://i.imgur.com/QaICucz.jpg
The remains of a fountain decorated with the Olympic rings and graffiti-defaced marble blocks dedicated to Greek Olympic medal winners are seen at the Olympic village.

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I'm happy to say Atlanta's fountain has held up a little better (I worked on this project in 1995-96).

Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:35:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Balista:
Athens' Ghost Airport

Built in 1938, it was used as a Luftwaffe base during the Nazi occupation of Greece. It was then used by the United States Air Force after the end of World War Two.

The airport had two terminals: the West Terminal for Olympic Airways, and the East Terminal, designed by star Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, for all other carriers.

In its heyday, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis ran Olympic Airways in lavish style, and his partner Maria Callas added a touch of glamour. Before its closure on March 30, 2001, the airport was serving 12 million passengers per year.


http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388041/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388036/control-tower.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388031/abandoned-plane-athens.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388043/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388044/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388042/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388032/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388038/athens-ghost-airport.jpg



That was THE airport to fly in when you went to Athens until they moved it outside of the city. They basically cut the airport in half and dumped all the Olympic venues there.

Google earth address is here : Leoforos Posidonos, Elliniko 167 77, Greece

I will say the one thing, the Olympics brought Greece a reason to upgrade their transportation infrastructure ie highways . That's one of the few lasting positives from 2004


Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:45:08 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Balista:
Athens' Ghost Airport

Built in 1938, it was used as a Luftwaffe base during the Nazi occupation of Greece. It was then used by the United States Air Force after the end of World War Two.

The airport had two terminals: the West Terminal for Olympic Airways, and the East Terminal, designed by star Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, for all other carriers.

In its heyday, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis ran Olympic Airways in lavish style, and his partner Maria Callas added a touch of glamour. Before its closure on March 30, 2001, the airport was serving 12 million passengers per year.


http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388041/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388036/control-tower.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388031/abandoned-plane-athens.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388043/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388044/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388042/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388032/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

http://d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1388038/athens-ghost-airport.jpg

This makes absolutely no sense. Couldn't those planes have been used elsewhere?
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 1:04:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Jerryjeff:
The Olympics suck.

Baseball is not an Olympic sport but table tennis, handball, and badminton are, what a joke.

Fuck the Olympics.

I will watch when baseball is back on the menu.
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Baseball???

Who even watched baseball in the states?
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 1:07:27 PM EST
At least the German banks, architectural firms and construction equipment manufacturers did well.
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Originally Posted By Copperjacket:
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Yeah, no shit. It's a shame...
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Originally Posted By Typhoid70:



World citizens dude!


And corruption. Lots of it. These games are big money.
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Originally Posted By substandard:
It always seemed stupid to spend all that money to build structures that have no use after the games are over. Why not have a dedicated Olympics center that is used over and over every four years? Have the various countries pay X amount for upkeep.



World citizens dude!


And corruption. Lots of it. These games are big money.


Hell yeah, everybody who made/extorted money off the olympics has already moved on to the next scam trying to supplement their homes in hills with loose women, drugs, cars and other extravagances.
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