Photos of a War-Torn, Abandoned Olympic Stadium

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Today, all eyes looking for Olympic Winter Games are turned towards Sochi. Despite (or perhaps because of) its embarrassments, failures and controversies, hundreds of viewers tuned into to watch the world’s best bob-sledders, ice skaters and high-jump skiers compete for the chance to claim Olympic gold for their countries.

In 1984, the same kind of attention was turned on Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and the city chosen to host the Winter Olympics that year. As in Sochi, stadiums, ice rinks, ski jumps and hotels were built in Sarajevo to accommodate the games, athletes and tourists.

Then in the early 90’s, the country of Bosnia underwent a political uprising and revolt during the Yugoslav wars, which mirrored the kind of upheaval currently taking place in both Venezuela and Ukraine. The fighting lasted from 1992 to 1996 and culminated in the Siege of Sarajevo, which claimed the lives of an estimated 14,000 people.

With so many casualties, makeshift cemeteries were created throughout Sarajevo and its surrounding areas. Parks, athletic fields and other open spaces were utilized as graveyards, including the sports complex built for the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Needless to say, it has since then been abandoned and nature has begun to completely reclaim it. Photographer Dado Ruvic has captured amazing images of the infrastructure built for the Winter Games as it slowly turns to rubble.

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