The Ruins of Champions: Photos of Abandoned Olympic Sites

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Will London's magnificent athletic facilities one day look like these?

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The Storefront for Art & Architecture has organized a photo exhibition exploring the post-Olympic city. Answering the question, "What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?," the show features The Olympic City project, an ongoing collaboration between photographer Jon Pack and indie filmmaker Gary Hustwit of Helvetica design documentary fame.

As the show's catalog states, "Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules." From abandoned Olympic villages to crumbling public art commissions, click through to check out the very best of Olympic ruin porn. Then let us know in the comments what you think about such a temporary extravagance. Should cities re-think the Olympics? Will London's flashy stadiums look like this one day?

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

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