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18th Winter Olympic Games - Nagano 1998 (Woman biathlete)

18th Winter Olympic Games - Nagano 1998 (Woman biathlete)

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Datum izida:1/21/1998 11:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Woman biathlete
Tisk:DELO - TISKARNA d. d., Ljubljana
Izvedba:5-colour offset
Papir:Chancellor oba free L.S.PVA GMD 102g, gummed
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Zobčanje:comb
Ilustracija:Matjaž Učakar
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18th Winter Olympic Games - Nagano 1998 (Woman biathlete)

<b>Winter Olympic Games - Nagano 1998</b><p>At the 18th Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Slovenia will take part as an independent state for the third time. The exact number of participating Slovene sportsmen and sportswomen has not been set yet, however, there is a possibility that they will qualify for high places, maybe even for a medal, particularly in the Alpine skiing, ski jumping and biathlon events.<p>The Winter Olympics are 28 years younger than the Summer Olympic Games. They were begun in 1924 at Chamonix, France. Slovenes took part in the Games prior to the 2nd World War and our greatest achievement was 10th place in the 50 km long cross-country skiing won by Franc Smolej from Jesenice in 1936. 30 years later his fellow citizen Ludvik Zajc improved his achievement by winning 9th place in the ski jumping in Grenoble. In Saporo, Japan in 1972 Danilo Purgar won 8th place in ski jumping, while Bojan Križaj came 4th in the giant slalom in Lake Placid in 1980, thus missing the bronze medal only by 0,02 of a second. In 1984 in Sarajevo the silver medal winner in the giant slalom, Jure Franko won the first Winter Olympic medal for Slovenia. This great achievement was repeated 4 years later in Calgary by Mateja Svet who won silver medal in the slalom. But there was more. Calgary brought luck to some other Slovene participants as well and two bronze medals were added to the silver one - Matjaž Debelak won one in the ski jumping on a giant ski jump, Miran Tepež, Primož Ulaga, Matjaž Zupan and Matjaž Debelak in the group competition, where they came second right after the invincible Finns. The last Winter Olympic Games in Lillehamer 4 years ago brought Slovenia three bronze medals, Jure Košir and Katja Koren won their medals in slalom races and Alenka Dovžan in the combination.<p>Today Slovenia has 10 Olympic medals (6 silver and 4 bronze) and in the forthcoming 18th Winter Olympics our sportsmen and sportswomen will do their best to increase this number.<p>Tomaž Zajc<br>