After the games go: 17 haunting abandoned Olympic venues

Tim Chester

Bringing the Olympics to your country, whether in summer or winter, is a costly business. Just ask the recent hosts. The games set back Sochi $51 billion, London $11.6 billion and Beijing at least $40 billion.

Not insignificant sums.

But at least you get a lasting sporting legacy right? A world class infrastructure that provides generations a chance to get active? Not always.

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In fact, the globe is littered with the rusting husks of former Olympic venues. From stadiums to ski jumps, landscapes around the world are covered with the remnants of forgotten contests.

As the Rio Games continue, wildly over budget and amid protests over the cost, here are a few lonely and sometimes spooky abandoned venues from contests past.

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