The Slovenia Times

Slovenians at the Sarajevo Olympics

Jan 19 - May 5

The Museum of Contemporary History will mark the 40th anniversary of the Sarajevo Olympic Games with an exhibition focusing on the role Slovenians played there.

Slovenians were actively involved both in organising the Games as well as in the sporting competitions. Skier Jure Franko won the first Winter Olympic medal for Yugoslavia, Meta Hočevar designed the sets for the opening and closing ceremonies, and painter Jože Trobec created the official mascot of the Games, Vučko the wolf.

A number of Slovenians took on key roles in preparing the competition venues. They acted as head coaches of the then Yugoslav national team, the core of which was made up of Slovenian athletes.

Many Slovenian companies provided media support and co-produced the event, and Radio Ljubljana and Televizija Ljubljana brought the Games into the homes of Slovenians.

Mounted in cooperation with the Sports Museum, the exhibition features stories, objects and memories of the athletes, creatives, staff and officials who were involved in the Games.

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