Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track

Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track is a bobsleigh and luge track situated on Trebević mountain overlooking the City of Sarajevo, built for the 1984 Winter Olympics.

When Sarajevo was awarded the 1984 Winter Olympics in 1977, a bobsleigh and luge track was proposed. The track design was approved in 1981, with construction starting on 1 June of that year.[1] Assembly of the track was completed on 30 September 1982 at a cost of YUD 563,209,000. The first international competition of merit held at the track was the 1983 European Bobsleigh Championships in January of that year.[2] At the 1984 Games, there were 20,000 luge spectators and 30,000 bobsleigh spectators. After the Winter Olympics, the track was used for World Cup competitions[3] until the Yugoslav wars started in 1991, which included the Bosnian War the following year. The track was damaged as a result of the Siege of Sarajevo;[4] during the siege, the track was used as an artillery position by Bosnian Serb forces.[5] The track still remains mostly intact (as of June 2023[update]), with the war wounds of defensive fighting holes drilled into one of the last turns of the course.[6] The track has been used for graffiti and bicycling in the period between the end of the war and the commencement of renovations in 2014. In June 2014, restoration began on the track, including the removal of overgrowth and graffiti, and the application of a protective coating from Start 1 down to the bottom of the course.[7]

^ 1984 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 61, 64-70, 107, 180, 184. (in English, French, and Serbo-Croatian) - accessed 26 February 2008. ^ Selamić, Sabahudin (1983). Illustrated Review of the Organizing Committee of the XVI Olympic Winter Games. Sarajevo, Yugoslavia: Organizing Committee of the XVI Olympic Winter Games. p. 20. ^ Artificial track World Cup victors since 1978, including Sarajevo (1984-90) (in German) - accessed 26 February 2008. ^ Winterblue.de track of Sarajevo mentioning the track's destruction Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine(in German) - accessed 23 February 2008. ^ Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2009). The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics: 2010 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 7. ^ Cite error: The named reference :1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ Fincher, Julia (2014-07-04). "Ruined Olympic luge track in Sarajevo to be restored". OlympicTalk. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
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