Ghosts of Olympics past

Long after the fanfare, the venues of Olympics past remain. Some continue to be in use, others are left to ruin.

Makeshift tents are pitched in front of the Olympic beach volleyball stadium in Athens August 11, 2006. Barbed wire, padlocked doors and scattered garbage are what Athenians see these days at their multi-billion euro sports venues built two years ago for the 2004 Olympics. Picture taken Aug. 11, 2006. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
Abandoned Olympics
Makeshift tents are pitched in front of the Olympic beach volleyball stadium in Athens August 11, 2006. Barbed wire, padlocked doors and scattered garbage are what Athenians see these days at their multi-billion euro sports venues built two years ago for the 2004 Olympics. Picture taken Aug. 11, 2006. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
The air supported roof of BC Place Stadium disappears as workman deflated the dome during a procedure in Vancouver, British Columbia May 4, 2010. The roof was taken down to make way for a new retractable one to be installed later this year. The stadium is home to the Canadian Football League's BC Lions and was the site for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games earlier this year. REUTERS/Andy Clark
Abandoned Olympics
The air supported roof of BC Place Stadium disappears as workman deflated the dome during a procedure in Vancouver, British Columbia May 4, 2010. The roof was taken down to make way for a new retractable one to be installed later this year. The stadium is home to the Canadian Football League's BC Lions and was the site for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games earlier this year. REUTERS/Andy Clark
The Olympic Taekwondo stadium is seen behind a fence at Faliro complex in Athens, May 17 2011. Greece has pledged to its EU partners in March to target 50 billion euros from privatisations and real estate assets, including former Athens 2004 Olympics venues, by 2015 to help reduce its debt. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
Abandoned Olympics
The Olympic Taekwondo stadium is seen behind a fence at Faliro complex in Athens, May 17 2011. Greece has pledged to its EU partners in March to target 50 billion euros from privatisations and real estate assets, including former Athens 2004 Olympics venues, by 2015 to help reduce its debt. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
A woman walks past the Olympic Cauldron, one of the few signs left of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held earlier this year, in Vancouver, British Columbia July 9, 2010. The games cost the British Columbia government $ 895.6 million ($925 million CAD) to stage and host, according to the latest figures released. REUTERS/Andy Clark
Abandoned Olympics
A woman walks past the Olympic Cauldron, one of the few signs left of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held earlier this year, in Vancouver, British Columbia July 9, 2010. The games cost the British Columbia government $ 895.6 million ($925 million CAD) to stage and host, according to the latest figures released. REUTERS/Andy Clark
Jurgen Mennel from Germany runs inside the Panathenean stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, in Athens, October 21, 2010. Greece's culture ministry has honoured long distance runner Mennel, who has ran from Strasbourg to Athens in honour of the 2,500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, with a ceremony at Greece's ancient Panathenean stadium. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
Abandoned Olympics
Jurgen Mennel from Germany runs inside the Panathenean stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, in Athens, October 21, 2010. Greece's culture ministry has honoured long distance runner Mennel, who has ran from Strasbourg to Athens in honour of the 2,500th Anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, with a ceremony at Greece's ancient Panathenean stadium. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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