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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of Europe’s most visually stunning places worth visiting. Located in the western Balkans, bordering Croatia to the north, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast. Bosnia is a remarkable place where the East meets the West.

It has rugged beautiful terrain, a unique mix of cultures and faiths and kind and welcoming people. Also, it has numerous medieval castle ruins, impressive waterfalls, bargain value skiing, and some of the most captivating sightseeing in southeastern Europe.

A visit to Bosnia offers an opportunity to sample the cultures of three major faiths all come together in this small area.

You will hear the Muslim call to prayer over the minarets, inhale incense in a mystical feeling Serbian Orthodox church, and hear the subtle clicking of rosary bead in a Roman Catholic church, all in the same day.

The county has become popular in recent years thanks to the increasing tourism and cheaper prices.

1# Sarajevo, the current capital city of Bosnia

2# The country is nicknamed the “Heart Shaped Land” due to the country’s slight heart shape.

 

3# The name “Bosnia” comes from an Indo-European word Bosana, which means water.

4# Bosnia and Herzegovina consist of two Entities – the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic Srpska.

5# The currency is Bosnian Convertible Mark, currency code is BAM and the symbol is KM.

6# Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.

7# Sarajevo Film Festival has become the largest and most famous film festival in the Balkans and South-East Europe.

8# Bosnian coffee has been the backbone of social life in Bosnia and Herzegovina for centuries.

9# Trams were first regularly used in Europe in Sarajevo, starting in 1885.

10# There are three official languages which are all really the same.

 

11# It has the last remaining jungle in Europe at Perućica.

 

12# Bosnia and Herzegovina have a Pyramid.

 

13# 3.5 million people live in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

14# The life expectancy in Bosnia is 75 years.

Hope you enjoyed our little lession about Bosnia and Herzegovina!

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