Winter sports, Zagreb
Janica Kostelic, a skii champion, is the first Croatian sportsperson who won gold at Winter Olympics ever. In USA, Salt Lake City (2001/2002) she received gold and silver.
Janica was born in 1982 in Zagreb, Croatia. She was three when she first stepped on skiis and she started with trainings when she was 9 years old.
for the firts time ever, on 20th january, a FIS world cup is organized in Zagreb, on Sljeme. it's called 'the golden bear'. here you'll be able to see girls who are the worlds greatest skiers of today. and, of course, croatian audience will see janica kostelic, ana jelusic, nika fleiss and matea ferk preform for the first time on their field, and show the world croatian way of cheering.
Zagreb/Sljeme, Jan.20th.2005. - Finland's Tanja Poutiainen won her season's fourth World Cup race on Zagreb's skiing playground, a 1000-meter-high hill named Sljeme where the first ever Croatian World Cup competition took place Thursday afternoon in front of more than 20'000 excited spectators.
Up there, on our mountain Medvednica, you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding, in Winter, of course. In other times of the year where there is no snow, you can enjoy hiking or simply, breath the fresh mountain air. The tracks are not long but they are well kept and skii elevators are usualy running regulary from 9am to 4pm. There are several types of tickets, half-day, day, week or others. The daily skii pass is now 150kn.
Unfortunately the legendary cable car that used to run for more than 50 years taking people up and down Medvednica, is malfuntioned seriously and no longer operating. Until the new one takes its place, you are left only with your own transportation,even if the public buses are available. However, they are not always convenient. My favorite way is of course on foot using one of the many hiking paths but with skii equipment, you don't have much choice.
With the KHL having a new expansion, Croatia's best hockey team Medvesak Zagreb was invited into the league. So far it is an absolute thrill to watch. Many young Croatian players rise up and play against some of the best in the world. I recommend it if you are in the area.
If you would like to play hockey, there are tons of open skate and hockey experiences. I recommend having experience first. If you are a junior player Croatia is a great place to start off your career. The Croatian hockey league also has teams in Dom Sportova.
Ivica Kostelic is a skier who has long been in the shadow of his younger and excellent sister Janica, but her results are not, and can not be something to judge him by.