If the events at Sochi this month aren't thrilling enough for your taste (or if you just like a few ghosts with your Games), we found some Olympic-size abandoned sites that you might want to explore... at your own risk and expense, of course.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Alternative travel site Thrillist, who regularly spotlight locations for urban explorers and danger-seeking travelers, recently posted an intriguing guide to former Olympic sites, all of which are now long out of commission, some quickly crumbling into ruins, and others amazingly preserved.
Photo: Abandoned Kansai
The sites include the Mt. Teine Bobsled Finish House from the 1991 Games in Sapporo, Japan; Helliniko Softball Stadium from Athens, Greece in 2004; the war-ravaged remnants of the '84 Games outside Sarajevo in former Yugoslavia; a transit stop in Munich (infamous site of a tragic hostage crisis in 1972); a still-standing ski jump from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy in 1956; and what is definitely the oldest of the bunch, the Olympic Village grounds from the historic 1936 Games in Berlin, which contains this strangely new-looking set of Olympic rings from that year:
Photo: Cornelia Kopp
The entries feature photos, historical trivia, and even a couple of movie connections. No word on whether the sites are said to be haunted, but given the troublesome history of many of these locations, it's worth investigating further.
You can check out all six at Thrillist, and if you feel the urge to go ghost-hunting but don't want to travel quite so far, how about visiting one of Disney World's still-standing forgotten theme parks?