In 1984, the Winter Games took place in a Socialist country for the first and only time. The people of Sarajevo gained high marks for their hospitality, and there was no indication of the tragic war that would engulf the city only a few years later. Skier Jure Franko brought joy to the host nation by earning Yugoslavia's first Winter Olympics medal : a silver in the giant slalom. Marja-Liisa Hamalainen won all three individual cross-country races for women. In speed skating, Gaetan Boucher and Karin Enke each won two gold medals. Biathlete Eirik Kvalfoss earned a complete set of medals. Twin brothers Phil and Steve Mahre took first and second place in the slalom. The highlight of the figure skating competitions was the free dance performance of Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean. Their interpretation of Ravel's Bolero earned across-the-board perfect scores for artistic impression.
49 NOCs (Nations)
1,272 athletes (274 women, 998 men)
7,393 media (2,363 written press, 5,030 broadcasters)