It’s pretty wild that the Olympics for 2020 have been postponed until 2021. What’s also wild is seeing what old Olympic venues look like after things finish up and the event moves on to the next city. The Ciao Crew decided to take advantage of the abandoned Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece that was built back in 2004 and see what they could find for spots to ride. It’s safe to say the place is loaded with gems to ride and these guys had no issue stacking clips. Hit play and take a look at what the got into!
“With the 2020 Olympic Games officially being postponed to 2021 we present to you HELLINIKON. While BMX Park will be an official part of the next Games being held in Tokyo, Japan Bruno Hoffmann, Kilian Roth and Mo Nussbaumer teamed up with filmer Rich Forne and photographer Merlin Czarnulla to put a different spin on things and decided to reinterpret an existing leftover of the Olympic circus – the olympic canoe track of 2004.
After lying deserted for over 15 years in the birthplace of the Olympic Games the decaying canoe track now offers tons of possibilities to ride and film a BMX video.
Getting the clips they desired turned out to be quite a challenge due to heavy security surveillance of the Olympic venue and resulted in a week long game of cat and mouse with the local security guards patrolling the premisses 24/7.
The riders & media crew made the best out of this tense situation by figuring out a way to still be productive while constantly being on the edge hiding from security. At times it felt more like a real-life hide and seek rather than a regular session with the homies but that made things quite interesting to say the least.
A huge shout out to Red Bull Germany for their support and making this project a reality.