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Young Croatian speed skaters win at world’s oldest competition in Italy

Croatia’s youngest speed skaters win Italian Albert Nicolodi Troph

Valentina Aščić (Photo: KBK Meteor)

At the same time as Valentina Aščić was writing Croatian speed skating history at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Croatia’s youngest speed skaters were also creating their own history.  

The Italian Albert Nicolodi Trophy has been entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest active speed skating competition in the world, and this weekend it was held for the 60th time. 

Precisely because of this tradition, the competition attracted 200 skaters from all over Europe this year with some impressive success for Croatian skaters.

Rene Koprivnjak won gold in the overall standings in the junior E category, and Ivona Trgovčević won bronze in the junior F category. 

Croatia’s youngest speed skaters win Italian Albert Nicolodi Trophy

Rene Koprivnjak wins gold (Photo: KBK Meteor)

Among the other Croatian representatives, there were also good results achieved by Ljiljana Radelja and Martin Prantl, who also set 2 new personal records.

Croatia’s youngest speed skaters win Italian Albert Nicolodi Trophy

Ivona Trgovčević wins bronze (Photo: KBK Meteor)

Valentina, despite all the obligations and trainings in Beijing, was also following the success of her fellow home club members from KBK Meteor.

“I am very happy and proud of our young speed skaters, they are young hopes of this sport. Excellent results in Baselga di Pinè, Italy and continuity in winning medals shows that Croatian speed skating can expect great results in the future! Congratulations to Rene on winning gold, Ivona on bronze , but also on the great effort shown to our other speed skaters. I send a lot of nice greetings to everyone from the Beijing Olympic Village,” Valentina said.

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