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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sarajevo's Abandoned Olympic Sites

Published 12 November 2013

With less than 100 days remaining before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, officials and workers in Sochi, Russia, are scrambling to complete the city's transformation into a modern Olympic venue. But in another onetime Olympic city, Sarajevo, the infrastructure built for the Winter Games is slowly turning to rubble. Bosnia-Herzegovina's war of the early 1990s, followed by years of neglect, left its 1984 Olympic sites decaying and forgotten. (Photos by Dado Ruvic, Reuters)


A painting of Vucko, the official mascot of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, whose name means "little wolf," is seen at Zetra Hall, the onetime figure-skating venue.


The disused bobsled track on Mount Trebevic, near Sarajevo


Graffiti covers the neglected track.


A close view of graffiti on the bobsled track


A dog walks past the Olympic snowflake logo on the wall of the Kosevo Stadium, the venue of the opening ceremony in 1984.


Another timeworn Olympic logo on a street in central Sarajevo


Bushes have grown over stretches of the bobsled track on Mount Trebevic, near Sarajevo.


Vucko, Sarajevo's Olympic mascot, skis on the outside of Zetra Hall.


The disused ski jump on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo


The podium where medals were awarded near the ski jump site on Mount Igman


A view of the ski jump through broken windows


The judges' room at the ski jump site


An abandoned hotel in Sarajevo's Olympic Village


The logo of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo is seen on a tower near Zetra Hall.