1980sABCJim McKayOlympicsOther Sports

Olympics – 1984 Sarajevo – Closing Ceremony – ABC With Jim McKay – Part 2


The 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia left some lasting impressions of great athletes on the sports worlds…..American skier Phil Mahre….runner-up in 1980 at Lake Placid….won the slalom event and saw his twin brother Steve secure the silver medal.….in biathlon, Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway and Peter Angerer of West Germany won six medals between them….each securing a complete set.  The Nordic countries displayed their strength in the cross-country skiing competition….from the 24 medals in dispute….17 were won by athletes from Finland (8), Sweden (5), and Norway (4).  Finnish skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen won four medals….including a gold medal sweep in the three individual cross-country distances….thus becoming the most successful athlete at these Games.  In the men’s section, Gunde Svan of Sweden also won four medals….though one less gold than Hämäläinen.   Katarina Witt, a young figure skater from East Germany, narrowly defeated the reigning World champion, Rosalynn Sumners of the United States….to collect the first of two successive Olympic gold medals.  The British ice dancing pair, Torvill and Dean, took the gold medal after giving performances that earned them not only the first-ever perfect scores (6.0) in Olympic ice dancing compulsories….but also a complete set of perfect artistic impression scores in the free program.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button