About the Games
A total of 1272 athletes from 49 countries participated in Sarajevo Winter Olympics. They competed in 39 events.
Most medals won (from a total of 17 teams) by: 1. GDR – 24 (9, 9, 6), 2. USSR – 25 (6, 10, 9), 3. USA – 8 (4, 4, 0).
Lithuania in the Games
The Sarajevo Games were very significant to the Lithuanian sport. Biathlete Algimantas Šalna became the first Lithuanian to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics.
Together with his teammates Dmitry Vasilyev, Juri Kashkarov, and Sergei Bulygin, the Lithuanian athlete won the 4 × 7.5 km relay.
Also, he was very close to winning a medal in the individual event, but finished 5th in the 10 km race.
Alpine skier Jure Franko won the Games’ host Yugoslavia’s first ever Winter Olympic medal – a silver in the men’s giant slalom.
Egypt, Monaco, Puerto Rico, Senegal, and the British Virgin Islands participated in Winter Olympics for the first time.
The Sarajevo Winter Olympics were the first Games under the presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch.
The 20 km race was added to women’s Nordic skiing.
Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen of Finland won all three individual women’s cross-country races.
Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics website: