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11 athletes to represent Croatia at Winter Olympics

11 athletes to represent Croatia at Winter Olympics

ZAGREB, 24 January 2022 – The Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) on Monday announced that 11 athletes will represent Croatia at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. 

Out of the 11 Croatian athletes who will compete, 10 are representatives of the Croatian Ski Association.

Croatia will be represented by Zrinka Ljutić, Leona Popović and Andrea Komšić, and in the men’s competition – Filip Zubčić, Matej Vidović and Samuel Kolega. All alpine ski team members will compete in giant slalom and slalom, except Matej Vidović, who will compete only in slalom, HOO said in a statement. 

Vedrana Malec and debutants Marko Skender and Tena Hadžić will compete in the Nordic skiing event. The girls will compete in the following disciplines: sprint freestyle, 10 km classic sprint, team sprint, and Vedrana Malec will also try her hand at the 30 km freestyle race with a group start. Marko Skender will compete in sprint – freestyle, 15 km classic and ski marathon – 50 km freestyle / group start.

In the snowboarding event Croatia will be represented by Lea Jugovac, and she will perform in the Big Air and Slopestyle disciplines, while Croatia will make its debut in speed skating (short track) when Valentina Aščić competes in the 500 and 1500 meters. 

First time in history Croatian speed skaters at the Winter Olympics

Valentina Aščić (Photo: KBK Meteor)

Despite the fact that he achieved the result within the Olympic norm, biathlete Krešimir Crnković remained first below the line, and the bobsled crew remained on the waiting list, led by pilot Dražen Silić in both disciplines (two-seater and four-seater).

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The Winter Olympics will take place from 4-20 February 2022. 

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