The 1984 Winter Olympics | Zimske Olimpijske igre 1984 | Sarajevo

The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was then part of Yugoslavia. It was a significant event for the region, as it was the first Winter Olympics to be held in a socialist country and brought international attention to Sarajevo and its surrounding mountains.

The diversity of Olympic events unfolded across Sarajevo’s iconic locations, including Olympic Stadium Koševo, Olympic Complex Zetra, Skenderija Hall, as well as Sarajevo’s mountains Jahorina, Bjelašnica & Igman.

Olympic Stadium Koševo – Asim Ferhatović Hase


The Koševo Stadium, a symbol of unity, witnessed the grand opening ceremony, drawing 50,000 spectators into the heart of the Games.

Olympic Complex Zetra – Juan Antonio Samaranch Hall

Zetra, a hub of excitement, showcased speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey finals, and the unforgettable closing ceremony, etching unforgettable moments into Olympic history.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Great Britain on their way to winning gold medals in the Ice Dancing – Credit: Trevor Jones /Allsport

Skenderija Hall

Skenderija resonates with the enthusiastic cheers of hockey fans, creating an immersive experience for sports enthusiasts.

Bjelašnica & Jahorina


The mountainous landscapes added a majestic backdrop to the competitions, with Bjelašnica and Jahorina hosting alpine skiing competitions for men and women, respectively.


Veliko Polje on Igman Mountain witnessed cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, and biathlon events,


while the Igman ski jumps and ski flying hills on Malo polje became the center of Nordic combined and ski jumping competitions.



The bobsled track on Trebević Mountain used to host competitions, featuring Bobsleigh & Luge. East Germany emerged as the most successful nation, securing two gold medals, with German athletes Wolfgang Hoppe and Dietmar Schauerhammer leading as the top competitors.

of Vučko (tr. Little Wolf; Wolfie)

Vučko, the charming wolf mascot of the 1984 Winter Olympics, was designed by Slovenian artist Jože Trobec. This endearing character, inspired by the Dinaric Alps region, transformed the wolf’s image with friendly facial expressions. Vučko’s lovable persona, showcased in animated shorts, endures as a beloved symbol of Sarajevo, adding warmth and humor to its sporting history.

Amidst the triumphs, the Olympic Museum in Sarajevo stood as a cultural beacon, preserving the rich history of the Games. However, the passage of time also brought tragedy, as the city and its Olympic venues fell victim to the relentless attacks during the war from 1992 to 1995. The Olympic Museum, Zetra Arena, and other iconic sites were destroyed or heavily damaged.


Despite the challenges, the spirit of Sarajevo 1984 endures. Some symbols, like Zetra & Olympic Museum, have been restored, while others, including the Igman ski jumps and Trebević bobsleigh track, await potential reconstruction. The legacy lives on in the ongoing efforts to rebuild and preserve these historic sites, reminding the world of the resilience and strength that emerged from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics.

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