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February 28, 2018

A look at successful past Olympic venue repurposing

As blogged on, after the crowds disperse and the athletes fly home, some Olympic venues are left in a state of limbo, enshrined in sports history but without a future purpose. Just six months after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, for example, the Olympic Village already looked like a ghost town. Similar architecture ruin porn can be seen in BeijingAthens, and Rio de Janeiro.

But while there’s a constant debate over whether hosting the Olympics is worth it, there are a few cities that have had long-term success with venues built for the games. In these cases, ski jump centers still host thousands of athletes each year, and huge sports arenas now function as multi-sport community centers.

In honor of the Winter Games currently underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we’ve rounded up six Olympic venue success stories from summer and winter games in the past 25 years.

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