1984 Winter Olympics

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The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which at the time was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Other candidate cities were Sapporo, Japan; and Gothenburg, Sweden. It was the first Winter Games and the second Olympics held in a Communist state (the first was the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union).

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Host Selection

The host city for the XIV Winter Olympics was announced on May 18, 1978 during a session of the International Olympic Committee in Athens, Greece. Sarajevo was selected over Sapporo, Japan by a margin of three votes.

Torch relay

The torch relay for the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic games started in Olympia-Athens and then proceeded by airplane to Dubrovnik (Route One) Split- Ljubljana–Zagreb-Sarajevo (Route Two) Skopje–Novi Sad–Belgrade–Sarajevo. The total distance of the torch relay was 5,289 km (plus 2,879 km of local routes). There were two main routes–one in the west (2,602 km) and the other in the east (2,687 km). The final torchbearer, from a total of 1600, was Sanda Dubravčić, who received the torch from skier Bojan Križaj. Today one of the two original torches (one for each route) is in Slovenia in a private collection in Žalec.[citation needed]

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