1984 Winter Olympics

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XIV Olympic Winter Games
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Logo of the 1984 Winter Olympics [lower-alpha 1]
Host city Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Athletes1,272 (998 men, 274 women)
Events39 in 6 sports (10 disciplines)
Opening8 February
Closing19 February
Opened by
Stadium Koševo Stadium
Lake Placid 1980 Calgary 1988
Moscow 1980 Los Angeles 1984

The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games (French : XIVes Jeux olympiques d'hiver; Serbo-Croatian : XIV. zimske olimpijske igre / XIV Зимске олимпијске игре; Macedonian : XIV Зимски олимписки игри; Slovene : XIV olimpijske zimske igre) and commonly known as Sarajevo '84, was a winter multi-sport event held between 8 and 19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia, in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was the first Winter Olympic Games held in a socialist state and in a Slavic language-speaking country. It was the second consecutive Olympic Games to be held in a socialist state and in a Slavic language-speaking country, after the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union. It was also the first Olympics to take place in the Balkans since the first Olympic Games in Athens.


Host city selection

The host city for the XIV Olympic Winter Games was announced on 18 May 1978, during the 80th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Athens, Greece. Sarajevo was selected by a margin of three votes over Sapporo, Japan, which had hosted the Winter Games 12 years earlier. Gothenburg became the first Swedish city to lose a Winter Olympics bid; other Swedish cities, such as Falun and Östersund, would later lose consecutive bids to Calgary (1988), Albertville (1992), Lillehammer (1994), Nagano (1998), and Salt Lake City (2002), respectively. Sarajevo, the capital of present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, was part of the united Yugoslavia at the time.

1984 Winter Olympics bidding results [1]
CityCountryRound 1Round 2
Sarajevo Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3139
Sapporo Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 3336
Gothenburg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 10

Torch relay

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Olympic torch, Sarajevo 1984

The torch relay for the 1984 Winter Olympics started in Olympia and then proceeded by airplane to Dubrovnik. The total distance of the torch relay through Yugoslavia was 5,289 kilometres (3,286 mi) plus 2,879 kilometres (1,789 mi) of local routes. There were two main routes: one in the west (SplitLjubljanaZagrebSarajevo), 2,602 kilometres (1,617 mi) in length; and the other in the east (SkopjeNovi SadBelgrade – Sarajevo), 2,687 kilometres (1,670 mi) in length. The final torchbearer, from a total of 1600, was figure skater Sanda Dubravčić, who received the torch from skier runner Ivo Čarman. One of the two original torches is held in a private collection in Žalec, Slovenia. There are also 20 more torches in Greece, owned by individual athletes who were the torchbearers from Ancient Olympia to the nearby military airport and from Athens Domestic Airport to the Panathinaikon Stadium where the Ceremony of handing over the Olympic Flame to the Sarajevo Olympic Games Committee occurred. [ citation needed ]

Panoramic view of Kosevo Stadium during the 1984 Winter Olympics opening ceremony 1984 Winter Olympics opening ceremony at Kosevo Stadium, Sarajevo.jpg
Panoramic view of Koševo Stadium during the 1984 Winter Olympics opening ceremony


The official poster of the 1984 Winter Olympics Sarajevo 1984 poster.png
The official poster of the 1984 Winter Olympics

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. [7] The Vučko is a long-time symbol of Sarajevo.[ citation needed ]


Bjelasnica alpine mountain Bijelasnica2.jpg
Bjelašnica alpine mountain
Igman Olympic Jumps Igman.jpg
Igman Olympic Jumps
Olympic Symbol damaged during the Bosnian War Sarajevo Olympic Symbol.jpg
Olympic Symbol damaged during the Bosnian War

City venues

Skenderija Complex:

Mountain venues

Other facilities

Competitive events

There were 39 events contested in 6 sports (10 disciplines).

Demonstration sport


All dates are in Central European Time (UTC+1)
OCOpening ceremonyEvent competitions1Event finalsCCClosing ceremony
Olympic Rings Icon.svg CeremoniesOCCCN/A
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine skiing 112116
Biathlon pictogram.svg Biathlon 1113
Bobsleigh pictogram.svg Bobsleigh 112
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross country skiing 111111118
Figure skating pictogram.svg Figure skating 11114
Ice hockey pictogram.svg Ice hockey 11
Luge pictogram.svg Luge 213
Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined 11
Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping 112
Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating 121111119
Daily medal events2327343525339
Cumulative total2571417212429313639
Total events

Medal count

These are the top ten nations that won medals at the 1984 Winter Games.

1Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany  (GDR)99624
2Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union  (URS)610925
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)4408
4Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)43613
5Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)4228
6Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)3249
7Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)2215
8Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)2114
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany  (FRG)2114
10Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)2002
Totals (10 nations)383430102

Podium sweeps

12 February Luge Women's singles Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany Steffi Walter-Martin Bettina Schmidt Ute Oberhoffner-Weiß
15 February Speed skating Women's 3000 metres Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany Andrea Schöne Karin Enke Gabi Schönbrunn


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

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

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

Participating National Olympic Committees

See also


  1. The emblem symbolizes a stylized snowflake, as well as the embroidery produced in the Sarajevo region with the Olympic rings above.
  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)
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