Sarajevo’s spirit of Olympics and flashback to the 1980’s.

 

The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games was a winter multi-sport event which took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was the event which marked Sarajevo for the time of being and the moment when Sarajevo was the center of the world. Mountains that surround Sarajevo were in perfect fit in order to host Olympic Games. The period of organizing Olympic games was the period that changed Sarajevo forever in terms of constructions.

 

 

Olympic Stadium Koševo

Olympic stadium Koševo is place where opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics took place. For this event it was thoroughly renovated and expanded. It is home to football club FK Sarajevo and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. The stadium hosted a major soccer teams as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter, etc.

 

Mascot Vučko

Even more than thirty years after You can still see Vučko, the Olympic mascot, and Olympic logo standing on a tower. Vučko came in the guise of a wolf. An animal typically found in the forests of the Dinaric Alps region. Through his smiling, frightened or serious facial expressions, Vučko gave the wolf a rather friendly appearance. It changed the usually ferocious image of this animal. The happy Vučko is also the symbol of man’s centuries-old efforts to conquer nature, to gain friendship from a beast, to make a wolf become Vučko.

 

Olympic Hall Zetra

Olympic Hall Zetra was constructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics. Described as “ultramodern” it hosted the ice hockey games and speed skating events in the Olympics. The men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1984 Winter Olympics the Soviet Union won sixth gold medal.

 

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won gold for Great Britain, receiving twelve perfect scores (6.0) for artistic impression in the free dance segment of the ice dance competition, a feat that was never matched.

Olympic mountains

The Olympic Mountains Trebević, Igman, Bjelašnica and Jahorina are only quarter to half-an-hour drive from Sarajevo. Trebević mountain hosted the bob sledge competition; Igman ski jumping competition, Nordic skiing and biathlon; Bjelašnica men’s downhill; Jahorina women’s downhill, slalom and grand slalom.

 

After 1984 Winter Olympics British journalist Pet Bedford wrote: “If you choose Sapporo, the Japanese will arrange a plane to visit Tokyo, and if you opt for Falun and Göteborg, Swedes will show you the fjords and icebergs. But if your choice falls on Yugoslavia and Sarajevo, you will find friendly people, a great heart, and beautiful mountains”.

 

 

Visiting Olympic points will make you go back in the time when Sarajevo had eyes of whole world focused. Fresh air, thick wood, Olympic stories and the beauty of green color all around will offer great relaxation for your body and your soul. Do not miss the chance to meet Olympic Sarajevo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountains are the symbols of Sarajevo!

Bosnian mountains with their many high peaks make up four-fifths of the country’s territory, and belong to Dinaric Alps Mountain range. Sixty mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina have peaks over 1500 meters above sea level, while 11 have peaks are over 2000 meters above see level, including Maglić, with the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina measuring 2386 meters.

The city of Sarajevo is surrounded by four Olympic mountains of Trebević, Jahorina, Igman, Bjelašnica, as well as Treskavica and Romanija which is famous for it’s rare natural beauty.

1# Jahorina

Jahorina is a mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jahorina’s highest peak, has a summit elevation of 1,916 metres, making it the second-highest of Sarajevo’s mountains, after Bjelašnica at 2,067 m.
In the 1984 Winter Olympics, mount Jahorina hosted the women’s alpine skiing events.  Jahorina Olympic Ski Resort is the biggest and most popular ski resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It actually offers a variety of outdoor sports and activities. It is a destination for alpine skiing, snowboarding as well as hiking, and sledding. The average snow depth on ski runs during February is 106 cm.

 

2# Igman

Mountain Igman is located southwest of Sarajevo, bordering the Bjelašnica range in the south and west. Igman has an average height of 1,300-1,400 meters, and its highest peak is Crni Vrh (1,502 m). During the summer the mountain offers a multitude of marked cycling trails, as well as places where both athletes and amateurs can play football, volleyball and basketball.

This region has specific ecological and climate conditions as well as wildlife. Also, there is even a small area with rainforest characteristics.

 

3# Bjelašnica

Bjelašnica is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is found directly to the southwest of Sarajevo, bordering Mt. Igman. Bjelašnica’s tallest peak, by which the whole mountain group got its name, rises to an elevation of 2067 meters (6782 feet). Winters are extraordinarily harsh and long, so that spring may be felt only in mid May, and short summers may be followed by waves of cold air.

 

4# Trebević

Trebević  is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, located to the southeast of Sarajevo, in the territory of East Sarajevo city, bordering Jahorina mountain. Trebević is 1,627 meters (5,338 ft) tall, making it the second shortest of the Sarajevo mountains.

During the 1984 Winter Olympics Trebević, like the other Sarajevo mountains, was used for a number of Olympic events, such as bobsledding.

Trebević can be reached from Sarajevo by Trebević Cable Car, which starts from the neighborhood of Bistrik. While at the top of Trebević, visitors can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Sarajevo, or take a walk in nature. It is also possible to walk around the remnants of the Olympic bobsled track.

 

Sunnyland amusement park and restaurant- Sunnyland is the first amusement park with Alpine Coaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on the Trebević Olympic mountain.  In Sunnyland, next to the main attraction, there is the Oxygen restaurant, the Noova café, café’s with amazing view over Sarajevo.

 

5# Romanija

Romanija (1652m) literally means “the land of the Romans” amongst the locals. This mountain is only 10km away from Sarajevo and it offers an unforgettable experience of nature. The slopes of Romanija are full of life and beauty. The beautiful scenery and coniferous forests are just some of the features of this mountain. You can choose flat or uneven terrain for cycling or hiking through forests and meadows.

 

6#Treskavica

Treskavica is for sure one of the most beautiful mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Treskavica is derived from the Bosnian word ”tresti se” and means to shake. This is due to frequent and minor earthquakes. It is also know as a mountain that is rich in water, with over 300 sources and its beautiful lakes.