Slovenia at the Olympics

Slovenia first participated at the Summer Olympic Games in 1912 as part of the Austrian contingent. Fencer Rudolf Cvetko earned the distinction of winning the first Olympic medal for Slovenia when he captured the silver in the team saber event. Slovenia competed as a part of Yugoslavia from 1920 up to 1988. The nation of Slovenia was formed with the split up of Yugoslavia in 1991, as was also Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia-Montenegro. Slovenian athletes first competed under the Slovenia banner at the Olympic Games in 1992.

The most revered Slovenian athlete during the pre-war era was Leon Štukelj who captured 5 medals (2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze), while Miroslav Cerar is considered to be the best Slovene athlete during the post-war period as he captured 4 medals (3 silver and 1 bronze).

Slovenia’s National Olympic Committee was incepted in 1991 and was acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) one year later.  

Slovenia was not to be outdone in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics Games. Competing as an independent nation for seven straight Olympics the nation captured 4 medals (1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze). Tina Trstenjak won the nation’s sole gold medal in the Rio Games when she dominated the women’s 63 kg category in the judo competition.

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