Slovenians Making Waves in World of Sports

By Kimberly Gonzalez
SNPJ Associate Editor

Slovenia’s professional athletes have been busy recently. Whether they are competing in their homeland or representing their country on an international level, Slovenia’s sports stars are often in the limelight. Recent newsmakers include:

Maze Clenches World Cup — At 29 years old, Tina Maze, an Alpine skier from Črna na Koroškem, Slovenia, won her first overall World Cup title Feb. 24. Maze is nearly 960 points ahead of the second place finisher in the overall standings, and she is one downhill race away from becoming only the third woman to win all five disciplines in one season.

Tina Maze article in New York Times

Udrih Moves to Magic — The NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks send Celje, Slovenia, native Beno Udrih to the Orlando Magic in a Feb. 21 trade. Even with no time for team practice before his first game with the Magic, Udrih scored 10 points and had seven assists in 27 minutes of play. The 6’3” guard has two NBA championship titles under his belt with the San Antonio Spurs: in 2005 and 2007.

Beno Udrih article in Orlando Sentinel

Hockey Team to Make Olympics Debut — Slovenia will be represented for the first time ever in men’s hockey at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Ranked third in the four-team qualifying tournament held earlier this year, Slovenia beat out Belarus and Denmark to secure their spot. The team is coached by Matjaž Kopitar, father of NHL star Anže Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.

Slovenian Men’s Hockey Team article in The Slovenia Times

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