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Sarajevo's New Dream of Olympic Glory

Host to the '84 Winter Games, the city was pounded in Yugoslavia's ethnic war. Now, it's using a 2010 bid as a cause to rally around

By Christopher Condon

The view from Ahmed Karabegovic's office at the Zetra Olympic sports complex in Sarajevo is grim. There's the old speed-skating track and an outdoor hockey rink. Teenage boys race up and down the ice. But beyond, to the left, is the cemetery. Once a patchwork of wide-open practice fields rippling off toward Mt. Igman, now it's a seemingly endless stretch of grave markers, the death dates packed tightly from 1992 to 1995.