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What the Rio Olympic Stadiums Look Like Today

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Modern Ruins

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 an increasing number of new athletes—and even new nations—competing. Countries learn they will have the honor of hosting the event years in advance, and the final months of preparation are covered extensively by media from around the globe as the excitement becomes palpable in all competing nations. From the final prep to the arrival of the athletes and the Parade of Nations—all leading up to the Opening Ceremony—Olympics go down in people’s memories as enormous celebrations of physical and mental accomplishments, symbols of the amazing things humans are capable of.

For the hosting cities and countries, the months and weeks surrounding and during the Games are enormously significant, a chance for the outside world to see the culture and natural beauty of the host, its peoples, and its territories. Most of these cities will never have experienced such press or have been so in the limelight as they are because of the Olympics, and the biggest challenge of all is that they are ready to handle the pressure that comes with it.

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 back in summer 2016? Remember all the glitz, glamor, and new infrastructure? Here’s what it looks like now…

rio olympics media center debris

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