Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Zetra Hall, Sarajevo
Date Started: February 10, 1984
Date Finished: February 12, 1984
Format: The pairs were ranked on Ordinal Placement for each section of the competition, based on judges' points, with final placement for each section determined by Majority Placements. The tiebreaker for the Original Program was the Required Elements score, while the tiebreaker for the Free Skating was the Artistic Impression score. Thus, if a pair was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall for that section. Ties were broken by a Subsequent Majority rule. The tiebreakers were then, in order, 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals. Final placement was determined by factored placements. The placement for the Original Program was factored by 0.4 (28.57%), and the placement for Free Skating was factored by 1.0 (71.43%). The sums of the factored placements were then used to determine final placement, with the Free Skating being the tiebreaker.
The last five World titles had been won by five different pairs. Since the retirement of Rodnina and Zaytsev no couple had come to the fore as the top skaters. In Sarajevo, the 1983 World Champions, Yelena Valova and Oleg Vasilyev won both the short program and the free skate to win a relatively easy gold medal. They would also win the 1985 World Championships. The silver medals went to the US brother-sister tandem of Kitty and Peter Carruthers, who had been third at the 1982 Worlds. Another favored pair, Canada’s [Barbara Underhill] and [Paul Martini], struggled with a fall in the short program and would finish only seventh. A few weeks later they would defeat Valova and Vasilyev to win the World Championships. Valova and Vasilyev were coached by Tamara Moskvina, while the bronze medalists, Larisa Seleznyeva and Oleg Makarov, were coached by her husband, Oleg Moskvin.