Abandoned Winter Olympic venues

The gold medals may last forever, but these Olympic courses and training grounds have become relics of the past. (Rumor has it visitors can still hear the cheering on cold, dark nights.) Check out more defunct venues at Dietmar Eckell Photography. -- Danielle Paquette

Bobsledders once slid down this track in the 1984 Sarajevo Games. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Bobsledders once slid down this track in the 1984 Sarajevo Games. It sits on the Trebević mountain. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

(Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Dual ski jumps decompose in Sarajevo. East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog, who won the gold and silver here, launched his 12-year Olympic career during the 1984 Games.

This bobsled track in Sarajevo is becoming one with nature. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

This bobsled track in Sarajevo is becoming one with nature. The former host city, once in Yugoslavia, is now a part of present-day Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Another view of the brush-covered bobsled track in Sarajevo. The course was used for World Cup races until 1991, when the Yugoslav wars began. Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Another view of the brush-covered bobsled track in Sarajevo. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Another view of the brush-covered bobsled track in Sarajevo. Today it is a graffiti hot-spot. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

An old hotel crumbles in Serajevo. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Here's what remains of a ski jump landing in Sarajevo. Finnish ski jumper Matti Ensio Nykänen won the gold on this course. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Here's what remains of a ski jump landing in Sarajevo. Finnish ski jumper Matti Ensio Nykänen, 20 at the time, won gold and silver medals during the 1984 Games. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

A Calgary audience once cheered on the ski jumpers here during the 1988 Games. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

(Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Skiing fans bundled up here to watch their favorite athletes launch into the sky. Finnish ski jumper famously Matti Nykänen dominanted the Calgary games, snagging three gold medals.

A ski jump from the 1988 Games in Calgary is now a relic of the past. Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, Britain's first ever ski jumper, made his name here. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

This ski jump in Murmansk, Russia was part of an Olympic training facility. The rickety wooden structure rests above a lake. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

Another view of the defunct ski jump in Murmansk, Russia. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

And another angle of the ski jump in Murmansk, which is located in the extreme northwest corner of Russia. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

And another angle of the ski jump in Murmansk, which is located in the extreme northwest corner of Russia. (Photo courtesy of Dietmar Eckell)

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