Haunting Photos of the Abandoned 1984 Winter Olympics Facilities

In 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics. Just a decade later, the region was torn apart by a bitter years-long conflict, leading to widespread death and suffering. One not-so-familiar effect of this war was the toll it took on the Olympic infrastructure which had been built not that long ago. Today, these structures stand as a visual reminder of how quickly things can change.

This is the judges stand at the 1984 Olympic Ski Jump venue.

01 - The judges039 stand at the ski jumping venue

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This is the crumbling medal podium…

02 - The medal podium at the ski jump venue

The abandoned ski jump at Mount Igman stands overgrown.

03 - The abandoned ski jump at Mount Igman

The steps leading to the top of the ski-jump platform are nearly all gone…

04 - The steps leading to the ski-jumping venue are all but gone

This is the hotel where the 1984 Olympians stayed…

06 - The hotel where the Olympians stayed

The bobsled track has been overgrown…

07 - The bobsled track overrun by foliage

Graffiti covers the inside walls of the track…

09 - Graffiti on the inside of the track

These are the remains of Zetra Ice rink, where the speed skating competition was held.

14 - The remains of Zetra Hall

Weeds grow over the walls of Koševo Stadium.

12 - Weeds grow over the walls of the Kosovo Stadium

This is Vucko, the official mascot of the 1984 games…

16 - Vucko the official mascot of the 1984 Olympics

The Olympic rings on the old tower…

23 - The Olympics rings on a tower above the figure skating venue

The view from the top of the ski jump…

21 - The top of the ski jump
20 - The bottom of the ski jump

While these photos offer a stunning glimpse of the decayed grounds from the 1984 Winter Olympics, it’s  important to also remember how devastating the 1990s war was for the region. The Siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. The sports complex built for the 1984 Winter Olympics was utilized as a graveyard due to high casualties. The story of the 1984 Olympics doesn’t have the happiest ending, but it’s definitely a story worth knowing.

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