1984 Winter Olympics

1984 Winter Olympics
XIV Olympic Winter Games
1984 Winter Olympics logo.svg
The emblem symbolizes a stylized snowflake,
as well as the embroidery produced in the Sarajevo region
with the Olympic rings above.
Host city Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Nations participating 49
Athletes participating 1272
(998 men, 274 women)
Events 49 in 6 sports
Opening ceremony 7 February
Closing ceremony 18 February
Officially opened by President Mika Špiljak
Athlete's Oath Bojan Križaj (Alpine skiing)
Judge's Oath Dragan Perović
Olympic Torch Sanda Dubravčić (Figure skating)
Stadium Asim Ferhatović Stadion

The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which at the time was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Other candidate cities were Sapporo, Japan; and Gothenburg, Sweden. It was the first Winter Games and the second Olympics held in a Communist state (the first was the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union).


Host city selection

The host city for the XIV Winter Olympics was announced on 18 May 1978 during a 80th session of the International Olympic Committee in Athens, Greece. Sarajevo was selected over Sapporo, Japan by a margin of three votes. Sarajevo was part of the united Yugoslavia at that time.

1984 Winter Olympics bidding results[1]
City Country Round 1 Round 2
Sarajevo  Yugoslavia 31 39
Sapporo  Japan 33 36
Gothenburg  Sweden 10

Torch relay

The torch relay for the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic games started in Olympia and then proceeded by aeroplane to Dubrovnik. The total distance of the torch relay through Yugoslavia was 5,289 km (plus 2,879 km of local routes). There were two main routes – one in the west (SplitLjubljanaZagreb – Sarajevo with 2,602km of length) and the other in the east (SkopjeNovi SadBelgradeSarajevo with 2,687km of length). The final torchbearer, from a total of 1600, was figure skater Sanda Dubravčić, who received the torch from skier Bojan Križaj. Today one of the two original torches is in Slovenia in a private collection in Žalec. Also 20 more Torches are in Greece owned by individual athletes we were the torchbeareres from Ancient Olympia to the near local military airport and from Athens Domestic Airport to the Panathinaikon Stadium were the Ceremony of handing over the Olympic Flame to the Serajevo Olympic Games Committee[citation needed]


The opening ceremony

Official mascot

Readers of Yugoslav newspapers were asked to choose the mascot for the 1984 Winter Olympics from a list of six finalists. The winner was Vučko, the little wolf, designed by Slovenian designer and illustrator Jože Trobec. The other finalists were a chipmunk, a lamb, a mountain goat, a porcupine, and a snowball.


City venues

Damaged Olympic Symbol as a result of Bosnian War

Mountain venues

Other facilities

  • Olympic Village, Mojmilo
  • Press Village, Dobrinja
  • Hotels: Igman (Igman), Famos (Bjelašnica), Smuk (Bjelašnica), Bistrica (Jahorina)

Competitive events

Demonstration sport

Medal count

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  East Germany (GDR) 9 9 6 24
2  Soviet Union (URS) 6 10 9 25
3  United States (USA) 4 4 0 8
4  Finland (FIN) 4 3 6 13
5  Sweden (SWE) 4 2 2 8
6  Norway (NOR) 3 2 4 9
7  Switzerland (SUI) 2 2 1 5
8  Canada (CAN) 2 1 1 4
 West Germany (FRG) 2 1 1 4
10  Italy (ITA) 2 0 0 2
14  Yugoslavia (YUG) 0 1 0 1


A then record of 49 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) entered athletes at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.

Egypt, Monaco, Puerto Rico, Senegal, and Virgin Islands participated in their 1st Winter Olympic Games.

The Republic of China ended its boycott of the Olympic Games over the controversy regarding the IOC's recognition of the People's Republic of China, and competed as Chinese Taipei for the first time.

See also

Olympic Rings.svg Olympics portal


  1. ^ "Past Olympic host city election results". GamesBids. Archived from the original on 17 March 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5xFvf0ufx. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  2. ^ The 6.0 judging system has since been replaced with the ISU Judging System, therefore no other figure skater will earn perfect 6.0 scores in the future.


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Preceded by
Lake Placid
Winter Olympics

XIV Olympic Winter Games (1984)
Succeeded by

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