XIV Olympic Winter Games
Canadian figure skater Brian Orser faced an exceptionally keen field of competitors at the 1984 Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. But the Canadian champion pulled off a silver medal, the best finish ever by a Canadian man in Olympic figure skating. The British couple of Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean mesmerized the world with their performance of Ravel’s Bolero.
In the 500 m speed skating race, Gaétan Boucher, flag bearer for the Canadian team during the Opening Ceremony, won a bronze medal, one tenth of a second away from silver, two tenths of a second from gold. In the 1000 m race, he beat arch rival Sergei Khlebnikov of the Soviet Union by eight-tenths of a second to win the gold medal. And in the 1500 m, Gaétan won the gold by half a second, again ahead of Khlebnikov. Added to the silver he won four years earlier, these four medals were the most ever won by a Canadian Winter Olympian, until 2002. From coast to coast, Gaétan Boucher became a household name.
Olympic Oath (athletes): Boran Krizaj (alpine skiing)
Olympic Oath (officials): Dragan Perovic (alpine skiing)
Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Sandra Dubravcic
Official Opening: President Mika Spiljak