February 1984 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 David Stern becomes NBA Commissioner, succeeding Larry O'Brien; stays in position until 2014
  • Feb 8 XIV Winter Olympic Games open in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 8 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • Feb 9 East German speed skater Karin Enke wins the 1,500m in world record 2:03.42 at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,000m gold
  • Feb 9 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 10k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; first of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 5k and 20k events
  • Feb 9 East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals in the Normal Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 10 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins a career 4th Olympic gold medal when he takes out the 30k event in Sarajevo; 3 gold in Lake Placid 1980
  • Feb 11 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • Feb 12 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • Feb 12 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 5k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 10k and 20k events
  • Feb 12 12 years after winning the doubles in Sapporo (1972), Italian Paul Hildgarten wins the men's luge singles at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics
  • Feb 12 East German luger Steffi Martin wins the first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 13 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan wins 15k event, the first of 2 gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 4 x 10k relay gold
  • Feb 13 Karin Enke of East Germany wins her 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Games, winning the women's 1,000m in Olympic record 1:21.61; also wins 1,500m gold
  • Feb 14 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Ravel’s Bolero in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression

  • Feb 14 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,000m gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,500m; narrowly beats Soviet skater Sergey Khlebnikov in both events
  • Feb 15 An East German sweep of the medals in the women's 3,000m speed skating at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; Andrea Schöne takes gold ahead of team mates Karin Enke and Gabi Zange
  • Feb 16 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan takes his 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 15k gold
  • Feb 16 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 2nd career gold medal in 4 x 10k relay at Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 4 career gold; 15k Lake Placid (1980), 50k Sarajevo, relay Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 16 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,500m at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, his second gold medal of the Games; also wins the 1,000m
  • Feb 16 3-time men's figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton of the US wins the gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics from Brian Orser of Canada and Jozef Sabovčík of Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 17 Biathletes Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway and West German Peter Angerer finish 2nd & 3rd respectively in the relay at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; both have complete sets of medals from biathlon events at the Games
  • Feb 18 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 20k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; sweeps all 3 individual events, also winning 5k and 10k events
  • Feb 18 East German figure skater Katarina Witt wins first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins gold in Calgary (1988)
  • Feb 18 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen wins first of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the Large Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 19 XIV Winter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 19 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • Feb 19 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins for 2nd consecutive year and 4th time in career; last-lap pass to beat Darrell Waltrip
  • Feb 19 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 50k event at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; his second gold of the Games (4 x 10k relay) and 3rd of his career (15k Lake Placid 1980)
  • Feb 19 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • Feb 22 Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Darren Fletcher, Scottish footballer, born in Dalkeith, United Kingdom
  • Feb 4 Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer
  • Feb 5 Carlos Tévez, Argentine footballer (Boca Juniors, Argentina), born in Fuerte Apache, Argentina
  • Feb 5 Nate Salley, American football player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 6 Darren Bent, English footballer, born in Tooting, England
  • Feb 8 Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • Feb 9 Dioner Navarro, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Feb 10 Alex Gordon, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 12 Peter Vanderkaay, US mid-distance swimmer, born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Feb 12 Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver, born in Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Hamed Namouchi, French-Tunisian footballer, born in Cannes, France
  • Feb 17 AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
  • Feb 21 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Feb 21 David Odonkor, German footballer, born in Bünde, Germany
  • Feb 23 Andre Ward, American professional boxer,unified light heavyweight champion, world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver
  • Feb 26 Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer, born in Lomé, Togo
  • Feb 27 Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer, born in Trångsund, Sweden
  • Feb 27 David Noel, American basketball player, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Feb 29 Cam Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 29 Darren Ambrose, English footballer
  • Feb 29 Cullen Jones, American swimmer
  • Feb 29 Adam Sinclair, Indian field hockey player

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 3 Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • Feb 8 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • Feb 28 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies