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SLOVENIA SportsAndChampions 2010

SLOVENIA SportsAndChampions 2010



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Published by: Slovenian Webclassroom on Jun 28, 2014
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Slovenia’s first gymnastics society was called
Južni Sokol
 ‘Southern Hawk,’ a name inspired by the Czech Sokol Society.
years after the first Slovenian won an Olympic medal (Rudolf Cvetko, Stockholm 1912), the Slovenian Olympic Committee was established and was soon recognized by the International Olympic Committee, which gave Slovenian athletes the opportunity to take part in the 1992 Winter Olympics, even before the country officially joined the UN.
Te 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing firmly thrust Slovenia into the spotlight. For a few days it was the country with the highest number of medals per capita. Tis achievement rapidly spread across the world’s newswires and marked yet another highpoint in a tradition that has been passionately cultivated for more than 140 years.Slovenians began pursuing sports a long time ago. Some ancient forms of sports activities were already practiced in the Middle Ages, but the modern age began in 1863, when the first Slovenian gymnastics societies were established and gymnastics was introduced into schools at roughly the same time. After World War II, Slov-enians carefully designed their new approach, this time a more strategic one: sports were given an important role in education, financing was provided, and women’s sports (finally) re-ceived more attention. Sports became an even more vital issue when Slovenia became a freshly independent state: its new identity fuelled some unprecedented achievements and thus brought the young country into the spotlights of the in-ternational stage.Leon Štukelj (1898–1999) holds a special place among Slovenian sports legends because he was more than just an example of great achieve-ments and excellent health. Te winner of six prewar Olympic medals, he became every-body’s favorite national hero. After World War II another gymnast pushed the standards a bit higher: Miro Cerar (b. 1939) won a total of 30 medals at top-level international competitions, which made him the most successful Slovenian individual athlete to date. In his time a new gen-eration of excellent athletes became winners of Olympic or World Champion titles as a part of  Yugoslav teams.Due to his personal and team success at both the national and international levels, the most suc-cessful Slovenian athlete in team sports is the basketball player Ivo Daneu (b. 1937).
Te mention of skiers from the Bloke Plateau in central Slovenia in Valvasor’s Te Glory of the Duchy of Carniola (1689) is considered the oldest documented description of skiing in central Europe.
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is the number of kilometres that Slovenian ultra marathon swimmer Martin Strel swam down the Amazon River. With this unbelievable achievement he set a new long-distance swimming world record listed in the Guinness World Records book.
Slovenia is a natural sports venue. All across the country excellent conditions for sports can be found nestled in photogenic landscapes. Considering Slov-enians’ competitive, resourceful, and slightly stub-born character, it is no surprise that all the sports that are dominated by local champions.Te Alpine regions offer ideal natural settings for nu-merous outdoor activities, from skiing to paraglid-ing and from trekking to climbing. It is therefore no wonder that Slovenian alpine skiers performed well in series of World Cup and World Champion compe-titions in the 1980s and attained glamour like that of contemporary pop stars. Te Slovenian ski-jump-ing elite followed a few years later with similar global success. With a host of well-developed winter resorts and excellent natural conditions for all types of ski-ing, Slovenia still regularly ranks high in all competi-tions that involve a pair of skies. Most recently, local athletes have also made impressive breakthroughs in cross-country skiing.In addition to skiing, the northern part of the coun-try also offers ideal natural settings for training numerous international champions in many other sports, from mountaineering, climbing, and parag-liding to extreme skiing, ice climbing, and rowing.Te coastal region not only serves as a popular venue for well-known regattas and a training spot for promi-nent skippers and sailboat makers, it is also the home port of the nation’s favorite sailors and rowers. At the same time, the inland regions ensure a constant flow of some of the world’s finest athletes and gymnasts.Slovenians regularly distinguish themselves in sports that combine physical endurance, determination, and courage. You will find them among the winners in combat sports (especially judo), flying and jump-ing sports, extreme climbs, and various long-distance races (running, swimming, and cycling). Among team sports, basketball, soccer, handball, and ice hockey are most popular, and they also have a consistently strong export orientation. Slovenian players are some of most sought-after import tal-ents for NBA teams, Slovenian ice hockey players are found on teams all around the world, and Slovenian handball and soccer players consistently rate well in European rankings.
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 Among the many notable athletes that stand out as role models for the disabled in Slovenia, Miha Zupan holds a special place: he and the Slovenian national deaf basketball team won the European Deaf Basketball Championship in 2004. In 2007, he became the first professional deaf player to appear in a Euroleague match.
Sara Isakovič approached the pool before her Olympic 200 m freestyle swimming event equipped with a make-up set, as a sign of confidence that she would take one of the medals.

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