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Yugoslavia at the Winter Olympics

Many moons back when Yugoslavia was still intact, the nation competed at the Winter Games from 1924 up to 2002 (except in 1932, 1960 and 1994).

From 1920 to 1936 the team was called the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. From 1948 to 1992 it was the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and from 1996 to 2002 it was the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, formed as a joint state by only Montenegro and Serbia after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

The breakup of Yugoslavia paved the way for the birth of new nations: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Moreover, a couple of autonomous provinces were established within Serbia: Kosovo and Vojvodina.

Yugoslavia played host to the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo and won its first-ever medal at the Winter Games. Jure Franko secured the silver medal in the men’s giant slalom event in the alpine skiing to end Yugoslavia’s 60-year medal drought at the Winter Games.

At the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, the nation captured 3 medals (2 silver and 1 bronze), which was the country’s most and duplicated its best place finish in 1984.

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