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Ten Years On – Athens’ Faded Olympic Stadiums - 7 Aug 2014
Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event.
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August 07, 2014
The sun shines above the Agora structure at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 27, 2014....
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The sun shines above the Agora structure at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens
The sun shines above the Agora structure at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 27, 2014. Ten years after Greece hosted the world's greatest sporting extravaganza, many of its once-gleaming Olympic venues have been abandoned while others are used occasionally for non-sporting events such as conferences and weddings. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A commuter walks through the Agora structure at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 25, 2014....
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A commuter walks through the Agora structure at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens
A commuter walks through the Agora structure at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 25, 2014. For many Greeks who swelled with pride at the time, the Olympics are now a source of anger as the country struggles through a six-year depression, record unemployment, homelessness and poverty. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A woman jogs past the Velodrome at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 27, 2014. Just days...
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A woman jogs past the Velodrome at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens
A woman jogs past the Velodrome at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 27, 2014. Just days before the anniversary of the Aug. 13-29 Games in 2004, many question how Greece, among the smallest countries to ever host the Games, has benefited from the multi-billion dollar event. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A vandalised phone booth is seen at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis...
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A vandalised phone booth is seen at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens
A vandalised phone booth is seen at the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A podium is seen inside the marble Panathinaikon stadium in Athens July 29, 2014. The Panathinaikon stadium...
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A podium is seen inside the marble Panathinaikon stadium in Athens
A podium is seen inside the marble Panathinaikon stadium in Athens July 29, 2014. The Panathinaikon stadium was the venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was also used for the Archery events and the finish of the Marathon during the Athens 2004 Games. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
Blocks of marble inscribed with the names of cities that have hosted the modern Olympic Games are seen...
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Blocks of marble inscribed with the names of cities that have hosted the modern Olympic Games are seen...
Blocks of marble inscribed with the names of cities that have hosted the modern Olympic Games are seen inside the Panathinaikon stadium in Athens July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
Broken seats are seen at the abandoned baseball stadium at the Hellenikon Olympic complex in Athens July...
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Broken seats are seen at the abandoned baseball stadium at the Hellenikon Olympic complex in Athens
Broken seats are seen at the abandoned baseball stadium at the Hellenikon Olympic complex in Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen...
Athens, Greece
The abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen...
The abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen...
Athens, Greece
The abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen...
The abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
Floodlights stand at the abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004...
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Floodlights stand at the abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004...
Floodlights stand at the abandoned stadium which hosted the hockey competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned stadium which hosted the softball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen...
Athens, Greece
The abandoned stadium which hosted the softball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen...
The abandoned stadium which hosted the softball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
A scoreboard is seen amid weeds at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted the respective...
Athens, Greece
A scoreboard is seen amid weeds at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted the respective...
A scoreboard is seen amid weeds at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted the respective competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens...
Athens, Greece
The abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens...
The abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The stands are seen at the abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre at the Hellenikon complex...
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The stands are seen at the abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre at the Hellenikon complex...
The stands are seen at the abandoned Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre at the Hellenikon complex in Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic...
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The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic...
The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic...
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The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic...
The abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
Standing water is seen at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during...
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Standing water is seen at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre, which hosted competitions during...
Standing water is seen at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
A broken clock is seen at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during...
Athens, Greece
A broken clock is seen at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during...
A broken clock is seen at the abandoned Canoe and Kayak Slalom Centre which hosted competitions during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, at the Hellenikon complex south of Athens July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
Posters with the logo of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are seen inside a hall at the Olympic sailing...
Athens, Greece
Posters with the logo of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are seen inside a hall at the Olympic sailing...
Posters with the logo of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are seen inside a hall at the Olympic sailing centre, which is now used as a marina, in the Agios Kosmas suburb, south of Athens July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
A view of the deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village is seen in the town of Thrakomakedones, north...
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A view of the deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village is seen in the town of Thrakomakedones
A view of the deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village is seen in the town of Thrakomakedones, north of Athens July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
Garbage floats in a deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village in Thrakomakedones, north of Athens...
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Garbage floats in a deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village in Thrakomakedones
Garbage floats in a deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village in Thrakomakedones, north of Athens July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A chair stands in a deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones, north...
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A chair stands in a deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones
A chair stands in a deserted swimming pool at the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones, north of Athens July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A view of the blocked entrance to the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones, north of Athens,...
Thrakomakedones, Greece
A view of the blocked entrance to the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones north of Athens
A view of the blocked entrance to the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones, north of Athens, July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
Vehicles are driven under a foot bridge bearing signs of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Athens July...
Athens, Greece
Vehicles are driven under a foot bridge bearing signs of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
Vehicles are driven under a foot bridge bearing signs of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in Athens July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A taxi drives by fading Olympic rings which mark the Olympic Traffic Lane on an avenue leading to the...
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A taxi drives by fading Olympic rings which mark the Olympic Traffic Lane on an avenue leading to the...
A taxi drives by fading Olympic rings which mark the Olympic Traffic Lane on an avenue leading to the Athens 2004 Olympic Complex in Athens July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
A general view of the former International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) for the Athens 2004 Olympics, which...
Athens, Greece
A general view of the former International Broadcasting Centre for the Athens 2004 Olympics in Athens...
A general view of the former International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) for the Athens 2004 Olympics, which is now a shopping mall, near the Olympic Complex in Athens July 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
The mascots of the Athens 2004 Olympics are seen on a wall at the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones,...
Thrakomakedones, Greece
The mascots of the Athens 2004 Olympics are seen on a wall at the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones...
The mascots of the Athens 2004 Olympics are seen on a wall at the Olympic Village in the town of Thrakomakedones, north of Athens, July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned stadium which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games...
Athens, Greece
The abandoned stadium which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games...
The abandoned stadium which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen behind a fence at the Faliro complex south of Athens July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The abandoned stadium which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games...
Athens, Greece
The abandoned stadium which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games...
The abandoned stadium which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen at the Faliro complex south of Athens July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
An auxiliary pitch at an abandoned stadium, which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the...
Athens, Greece
An auxiliary pitch at an abandoned stadium is seen at the Faliro complex south of Athens
An auxiliary pitch at an abandoned stadium, which hosted the beach volleyball competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, is seen at the Faliro complex south of Athens July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
Athletes are reflected on a building as they practice at a rowing centre, which hosted the competition...
Athens, Greece
Athletes are reflected on a building as they practice at a rowing centre at the town of Schinias
Athletes are reflected on a building as they practice at a rowing centre, which hosted the competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, at the town of Schinias, east of Athens July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
The rowing centre which hosted the competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen in the town...
Schinias, Greece
The rowing centre which hosted the competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen in the town...
The rowing centre which hosted the competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is seen in the town of Schinias, east of Athens, July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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August 07, 2014
Athletes practice at the rowing centre which hosted the competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games...
Athens, Greece
Athletes practice at the rowing centre which hosted the respective competition during the Athens 2004...
Athletes practice at the rowing centre which hosted the competition during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games at the town of Schinias east of Athens July 24, 2014.REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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