Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track

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Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track
Sarajevo Bobbahn Olympia 84.JPG
Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track with graffiti
Full name Olimpijska staza za bob i sankanje Trebević
Location Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coordinates Coordinates: 43°50′28″N 18°26′32″E / 43.84111°N 18.44222°E / 43.84111; 18.44222
Opened 1984
Renovated Expected year 2016
Demolished 1992
Owner Sarajevo

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.

1984 Winter Olympics[edit]

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] Construction was completed on 30 September 1982 at a cost YUD 563,209,000. The 1984 games had 20,000 luge spectators and 30,000 bobsleigh spectators. After the Winter Olympics, the track was used for World Cup competitions[2] until the start of the Yugoslav wars in 1991 that would include the Siege of Sarajevo the following year. The track was damaged as a result of the siege which occurred during the Bosnian War.[3] During the siege, the track was used as an artillery position by Bosnian Serb forces.[4] Today, the tracks still remain mostly intact with war wounds of defensive fighting holes, drilled into one of the last turns of the course. The tracks today are mainly used for graffiti.

Renovation[edit]

The venue is being renovated for the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.

Physical statistics[1]
Sport Length (meters) Turns Vertical drop (start to finish) Average grade (%)
Bobsleigh 1300 13 125.9 10.2
Luge - men's singles 1210 13 129.35 10.2
Luge - women's singles/ men's doubles 993 11 99.8 10.2

No turn names were given for the track.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 1984 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 61, 64-70, 107, 180, 184. (English), (French), & (Serbo-Croatian) - accessed 26 February 2008.
  2. ^ Artificial track World Cup victors since 1978, including Sarajevo (1984-90) (German) - accessed 26 February 2008.
  3. ^ Winterblue.de track of Sarajevo mentioning the track's destruction(German) - accessed 23 February 2008.
  4. ^ Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2009). The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics: 2010 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 7.

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