30 years since Slovenia’s first Olympic medal

Ljubljana – Today marks 30 years since Slovenia became the first independent country to win an Olympic medal. Rowers Iztok Chop and Dennis Zevegeri took bronze in the rudderless pair final, and the next day Jani Klemenčić, Sadiq Mujkić, Sasho Myrjanich and Milan Jansha also placed third in the rudderless 4th event. became.

“In 1992, winning a medal didn’t feel like it did when I was maturing later in my career. I may not have been happy with the final result. Still, I remember the great national pride we felt and exuded,” Chop said of their performance.

Chop and Zvegeri won their first medal, silver, in the rudderless pairs category at the World Championships in Vienna in the summer of 1991, when Slovenia became independent. They rowed in a boat representing the former Yugoslavia, but received a medal showing the Slovenian Tricolor.

An independent Slovenian performance in major competitions was only possible after Slovenia’s independence was recognized.

On 17 January 1992, then-President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, gave the Slovenian Olympic Committee provisional approval for Slovenia to participate in the Winter Olympics to be held in Albertville that year. informed that it would be allowed based on

Slovenia didn’t finish on the podium at Albertville, but won two bronze medals at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona that same year.

Chop has become one of Slovenia’s most successful athletes. He set another milestone at the Sydney Olympics on September 23, 2000, when he and Lukaspik won Slovenia’s first Olympic gold in the double sculls event.

Just hours later, Rajmond Debevec also won gold in shooting.

In 2020, 23 September has been declared the Slovenian Sports Day. 30 years since Slovenia’s first Olympic medal

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