Federation Friday: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Federation Friday: Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 18, 2016

This week our attention turns to one of our newest members, the Balkan state of Bosnia and Herzegovina

At the UEG’s 26th Congress last November, the Gymnastics Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was unanimously welcomed into the European Gymnastics Community, bringing the total member-Federations to 50.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is at the beginning of their international gymnastics career. With 11 licensed gymnasts, 10 in Rhythmic Gymnastics and 1 male Artistic gymnast the potential to grow is there.

As the country is recovering from a devastating war, rebuilding facilities takes time and money, so does investing in the future which is exactly what the Gymnastics Federation wants to do. The charming capital Sarajevo once was the pinnacle of sports, in 1984, when they organised the Winter Olympics. Visitors and competitors were charmed by the beautiful city and environment, the great food and hospitable people.

The highlights of the Games included the perfect Bolero on ice by Great Britain’s Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean; East German figure skater Katarina Witt’s rise to the occasion to win her first Olympic title and cement the base for her legendary career while Finland’s Maria-Liisa Kirvesmiemi-Hämäläinen became the only woman to have competed in 6 Olympic Winter Games! She won all three women’s cross country skiing events. Alpine skier Jure Franko delighted the Yugoslav fans by winning the country’s first ever Winter Olympics medal, a silver in the giant slalom. Speaking to Time magazine he said: “Having the Olympics in Sarajevo gave them special significance because Sarajevo was the heart of Yugoslavia. Sarajevo was where the mix of all ethnic groups and nationalities had lived together through history.”

Today, Bosnia and Herzegovina is visited more and more as it is increasingly known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage, its delicious food, winter sports, music and architecture. Make sure to visit this stunning place!