Every two years, the world comes together either in winter or in summer to celebrate our most gifted athletes in the largest global sports competition known to man.
The tradition dates back to ancient times, but each year it becomes ever bigger and better, with more records broken and more, new athletes and even more nations competing.
But after the torch is extinguished and the excitement and hullabaloo fade away, what’s left? Host countries have notoriously spent billions upon billions of dollars preparing for the Olympic games, only to be left with vast fields and stadiums of waste once the competition is over.
Did you watch the Rio Olympics this past summer? Remember all the glitz, glamor, and new infrastructure? Here’s what it looks like now…
Rio’s storied Maracanã stadium was the largest of its kind at the time of its inauguration in 1950. Today, it’s the second-largest stadium in South America and has hosted numerous international tournaments such as the 2014 World Cup and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
But after the special focus given to the stadium for these global events, the field has fallen back into its regular cycle of maintenance and even of disrepair. The well-used field is hardly green anymore. Looks like one muddy soccer game to me.
Check out this cool aerial view.
Media No More
The Rio Olympics Media Center was a hub built specifically for the games, but the edifice quickly fell into disrepair once the crowds and press were gone.
The center was later demolished, but its rubble and debris still remained in downtown Rio for months where it became a health hazard and breeding ground for mosquitos.
Wait till you see the pool…