1984 Winter Olympics Postage Stamps Jugoslavija - First Day Covers (FDC)

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1984 Winter Olympics Postage Stamps Jugoslavija - First Day Covers (FDC)

Jugoslavia 1984 Winter Olympics stamp collection

ALPINE DOWNHILL SKIING

Among the ihree differenl alpine skiing events of the Olympics — slalom, giant slalom and downhill — the latter is ultimately the most dangerous. Although the slalom and giant slalom arc quilc thrilling . . . full of daring speeds that challenge the racer’s courage, as well as his skill . . . when il comes to (he alpine event which pushes the skier closest to disaster, (he choice is undoubtedly downhill racing. In contrast to the slalom events — where athletes must ski at more moderale speeds in order to maneuver through obstacles — there are no obstacles which must he avoided during the downhill race. Thus, except for trees along the side of the course, there is nothing to slow

down the skier. As a result, the average racing speed of a downhill skier is usually over fifty miles per hour, with top speeds approaching one hundred miles per hour. Because of the dangers involved in this event, the Federation Internationale dc Ski was formed to assure the greatest possible safety for downhill and other ski racers. The dangerous sport of downhill racing joined the Winter Olympics in 1948 when the Olympic Games were held in the Swiss Alps surrounding St. Moritz, Switzerland. In honor of this world-class sports event which will soon take place at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, the government of Yugoslavia issued the stamp which is featured on this First Day Cover.

SPEED SKATING

Modern ice skating originated sometime in the late fourteenth century, when skates appeared in the Netherlands. Skaters used the numerous frozen waterways there as winter roads. Four centuries later, the sport spread to England, where improvements were made in the construction of the skate — the blade was hollow ground and slightly curved at each end — and skating became a popular form of recreation. However, in addition to transportation and recreation, the art of skating has since developed into an important competitive form — speed skating. Many people consider speed skating one of the most exciting Olympics events to watch, because the races let the spectators witness the thrill of fast-paced one on one competition. Racing in pairs, the winner is the skater with the best elapsed time. During the longer races — five thousand and ten thousand meters — speeds average about twenty-five miles per hour. However, speeds in the shorter, sprint races can sometimes exceed thirty miles per hour. This fast-paced competition became a Winter Olympics event in 1924. During the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Yugoslavia, the speed skating competition will be held in the Zetra Sports and Recreation Complex in the immediate vicinity of the city. In honor of this exciting Olympics sport, Yugoslavia issued the stamp featured on this First Day Cover.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Cross-country skiing first joined the Olympic Games during the 1924 Winter Olympics. Previously, there were regional variations of the rules, and more order was needed to standardize ihe sport. Fortunately, in 1924, the Federation Internationale dc Ski — an international skiing organization — was formed. Today, in addition to regulating cross-country skiing, it governs such Olympics skiing events as slalom, giant slalom and downhill racing. This organization also assures safety for skiers and scis forth standardised rules and procedures for all competition. It set up the regulation cross-country courses at fifteen, thirty and fifty kilometers for men and five and ten kilometers for women, with an average of one-third uphill, one-third downhill and one-third flat terrain. In addition to ihe individual events, there are also team relay events. Racers are usually spaced well apart at the start of the race and Ihe winner is the one with the best time. The 1984 Winter Olympics will be held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and the cross-country races, as well as several other events, will take place at the base of Mount Igman on the Vcliko poljc plateau, less than fifteen miles outside of the Olympics city of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. In honor of all the exciting 1984 Winter Olympics events, Yugoslavia issued the stamps which are featured on this First Day Cover.

SKI JUMPING

The frosty, pine-scented mountain air briskly nips at the unprotected face of the ski jumper as he positions himself at (he top of the run. He surveys the chilling length of the snowy approach, then leans forward and begins to glide down the appmach gaining speed as he descends until he reaches the takcoff. At that moment he springs upward and forward into the cold, crisp air. Now … as he glides forward like a soaring eagle … he straightens his body and stretches out over his skis to gain a more aerodynamic profile. The jump comes to a graceful conclusion as the jumper makes smooth contact with the snow and begins to slow himself. This demanding and sometimes dangerous
sport of ski jumping first became an event in the Modern Olympics in 1924. In that year the newly organized Federation Internationale dc Ski which governs all world ski events convinced the International Olympics Committee to add this event to the Winter Games held in Chamonix, France. Since then, ski jumping has become an integral part of the Winter Olympics. The competition was expanded in 1964 to include two divisions of ski jumping … the seventy and the ninety meter jump. The ski jumping competition of the I984 Winter Olympics will take place on Mount Igman, which is less than fifteen miles outside of the Olympics city of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

ICE HOCKEY

During the thrilling 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, a new event was added to the Olympics roster the sport of Ice Hockey. In this fast-paced event, players swiftly skate along the ice. while passing u small rubber disk hack and forth between them. Ultimately, they attempt to maneuver this disk or puck into their opponent’s goal. This requires outstanding coordination and endurance. For. in addition to rigorous skating, strategic puck handling is also a vital skill that each player must master. An experienced player never looks at his stick or the puck . . . thus deceiving his opponent. This allows him to gel close enough for a clean shot at the goal. The most popular shot in ice
hockey is known as the slap shot. In this shot, the player draws hack his stick until it is almost perpendicular to the ice, and then forcefully swings it in an arc. hitting the puck and following through. With speeds of over one hundred miles per hour, the slap shot is hy far the fastest shot in Ice Hockey. During the I9K4 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia … the ice hockey event is sure to be an exciting contest, with many nations vying for the cherished gold medal. This thrill ing event will take place in the Zetra Sports and Recreation Complex in Sarajevo. In honor of the exciting 1984 Winter Olympics. Yugoslavia issued the stamp which is featured on this Hirst Day Cover.

OLYMPICS SKIING

Throughout the famed 1984 Winter Olympics, talented skiers I mm the four comers of the globe will gather al the toot of towering mountains, and will ride ski lifts far up to the top of the mountain peaks, and then swoosh down the snow-cove red slopes that surround the picturesque city of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. This delightful city will he the sight of spectacular Olympics skiing events, such as the fast-paced downhill event . . . with speeds near one-hundred miles per hour . . . and the slalom and giant slalom event . . . requiring incredible skill and timing on the part of each participant. To honor the exciting events of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sarajevo, the nation of Yugoslavia issued the beautiful stamps that arc featured on this First Day Cover.

Artist, Andreja Milenkovich:
Ranking as one of the foremost artists in Yugoslavia. Andreja Milenkovich has created many memorable works of art . . . from stamps to engraved banknotes . . . which have won him a host of awards over the years. And now, perhaps his greatest works of all arc beautifully featured on this magnificent collection of stamps and original art honoring the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.

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