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Croatia's Sporting Achievements

Croatians excel at many sports. Individual sportsmen and sportswomen, as well as national sport teams are often disproportionately successful at European and international sporting events, considering Croatia's relatively small size of just over 4 million population. BBC journalist Guy De Launey in May 2013 published an article on the subject, titled "What is Croatia's secret to sporting success?"

Croatia's sportsmen and sports women have been putting Croatia on the world map, with their recent sporting achievements in both the individual and team sport international competitions. These include Croatia's football (soccer) team, waterpolo and handball teams success, as well as individual achievements of Ivica Kostelić (men's skiing), Sandra Perković (Olympic champion discuss thrower) and Blanka Vlašić (former indoor World champion high jumper), to name a few. Not to forget the likes of the late Dražen Petrović, professional basketball player who played in the American NBA.

Here are some Croatian sport success highlights during the last couple of decades.


Janica Kostelic - the most successful Olympic women's skier of all times

Skiing sport
February 19. 2006 - At 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Croatian ski champion Janica Kostelic has added another 2 medals to her personal medals tally. In Salt Lake City, in 2002 Winter Olympics, Janica won 3 golds and 1 silver medal. With this year's addition of another Olympic gold and silver, Janica has become the most successful Olympic women's alpine skier of all times. - read full story on Janica Kostelic

Janica Kostelic - Women's Ski Champion

February 2006 - Croatia's most successful sports woman is the skiing champion Janica Kostelic. She's currently leading the Overall Women's Ski World Cup standing. Her (and her brother Ivica's moderate) success is even more remarkable, considering that Croatia has no alpine sports tradition. - read full story on Janica Skiing


Tennis cup
Croatia national tennis team wins Davis Cup

December 2005 - After defeating Slovakia in the team finals, Croatian team has won its first ever Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title. This puts Croatia as the No. 1 nation on the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Davis Cup Nations Ranking, dislodging 2004 Champion Nation Spain from the top spot. It's a large jump and the first time that Croatia has risen to the top of the ranking, after finising at No. 11 at the end of 2004. - read full story on Croatian Tennis

July 2001 - Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic wins Wimbledon, after beating Australia's Pat Rafter in the finals match, on the 9. July 2001.


Handball champions
Croatia wins World Handball Championship

February 2003 - After beating Germany in finals 34:31, Croatia has become the World Handball champion in the men's category. The handball world championship competition was held in Portugal. - read full story on Handball



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