Skiing the Heart Shaped Land

When, in the evening of 8 February 1984, the final torchbearer, the figure skater Sandra Dubravčić from Croatia, entered the Olympic Stadium of Sarajevo, excitement seized the almost 40,000 guests and athletes, drowning out what must have been sighs of relief from the ranks of party officials. For the first time in memory there had been no snow on the mountains surrounding Sarajevo, and the planned Alpine competitions in Jahorina and Bjelašnica, as well as the Nordic competitions on Igman Mountain would have had to be cancelled. Until, just seven days before the opening ceremony, it finally snowed, in droves, as always in Bosnia, located in the centre of the Dinaric Alps. The Winter Olympics 1984 were remarkable in many respects. It was a showcase of the best of Yugoslavia…Continue Reading