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On February 8, 1984, the 14th Winter Olympic Games were opened in Sarajevo, one of the most significant events in the history of the SFRY. The International Olympic Committee entrusted the organization of the Games to Sarajevo in 1978 at a session in Athens. The Japanese Sapporo and the Swedish cities of Falun and Gothenburg were still in competition. 1,272 athletes from 49 countries took part in the games. The grand opening ceremony at Koševo Stadium was attended by 60,000 spectators, and about two billion people watched the spectacle on TV. The Olympic flame was lit by skater Sanda Dubravčić, and the Olympic oath was pronounced by alpine skier Bojan Križaj. Competitions were held in alpine skiing (Bjelašnica and Jahorina), bobsleigh and sledding (Trebević), hockey and figure skating (Zetra and Skenderija), biathlon, Nordic skiing and jumping (Igman).
The biggest stars of the Sarajevo Olympics were the British pair in figure skating Jayne Torvill - Christopher Dean, East German skater Katarina Witt, the winner of the Olympic downhill on Bjelasnica American Bill Johnson, Finn Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen in cross-country skiing and Kanéanka , and ski jumper Matti Nykänen. Of the domestic competitors from the then SFR Yugoslavia, the greatest success was the Slovenian alpine skier Jure Franko, who won silver in the giant slalom, which was then the first medal for the SFRY at the Winter Olympics. The organization of the games received the highest rating from IOC officials. At the closing ceremony of the 14th ZOI in Zetra, the then president of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaran, said that these were the best organized games until then. The organization of the 14th WOG cost $ 142.6 million, and half of the revenue came from the sale of TV rights. After the Olympics, in addition to numerous facilities, Sarajevo was left with 2,850 newly built apartments, several hotels, and 9,500 new jobs were created.