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    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Igman Olympic Ski Jumps (Sarajevo): A youth group plays football beneath the remains of the ski jumps. Barricades have been placed at the ends of the jumps to discourage thrill seekers.

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    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Olympic Village (Rome): Built to house the athletes of the 1960 Summer Games, it is now residential apartments.

    Olympic City Project

    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Montjüic High Dive (Barcelona): Used for both the diving and water polo events during the 1992 Olympics, the pool is now open to the public during the summer months. Kylie Minogue used the pool as the setting for her music video for the song “Slow.”

    Olympic City Project

    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Laoshan velodrome (Beijing): This imposing structure, designed by Schuermann Architects, is still being used as a velodrome and hosts other indoor sports, like fencing.

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    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Adirondack Correctional Facility (Lake Placid, N.Y.): Built in 1904 as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, it later became a rehabilitation facility for drug addicts and then in the 1970s was turned into a prison called Camp Adirondack. For the 1980 Winter Games, the Olympic staff, customs officers, state police and security moved into the prison and the inmates, some of whom had helped build ski trails for the Games, were temporarily relocated.

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    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Montreal Tower & Olympic Stadium: Designed by Roger Taillibert. It was originally built to open and close the stadium roof. Now it’s used solely to keep the roof, which is no longer retractable, from collapsing into the stadium.

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    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    1980 Olympic Village (Moscow): Organizers constructed eighteen 16-story towers to house athletes for the Games, but due to the U.S.-led boycott only a handful of the buildings were actually used. Afterward, the units were given to state employees, and the Olympic Village is still a vibrant part of the city.

    Olympic City Project

    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Athens Olympic Sport Complex: A Greek teenager BMX bikes near an archway designed by Santiago Calatrava.

    Olympic City Project

    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Cinema at the 1968 Olympic Village (Mexico City): During the Games, the cinema hosted movie nights and other entertainment for the athletes.

    Olympic City Project

    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    The Olympic Stadium from Hackney Wick (London): The River Lea and local resident Ben’s narrow boat, named GYPCE, in the foreground.

    Olympic City Project

    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Montjüic communications tower (Barcelona): Designed by Santiago Calatrava, it was used by the press as a communications tower during the 1992 Games. Although the tower is no longer in working order as such, it does function as a sundial.

    Olympic City Project

    Olympic cities after the Olympics

    Mascot Pile-up, Olympic Green Park (Beijing): This is apparently where oversized Chinese Olympic plush toys go to die.

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Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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