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Slovenia at the Olympic Games
Paralympic Games
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Slovenia's Olympic Committee was established immediately following independence and in 1992 was recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The Committee unites 54 national branch associations and 76 local sports organizations boasting more than 3000 clubs and 300,000 individuals. 265,000 members are regularly involved in selected sports activities, and almost one third of adult Slovenes take part in some form of physical recreation at least once a week. Some 88,000 athletes are registered in top or competitive classes, and of these, more than 2500 are categorized as first class or promising athletes.

When Slovenia was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Slovenes were competing at international competitions, and they have been participating in the Olympic Games since 1912. Their first silver medal in fencing was joined at subsequent Olympic Games by numerous medals won by Slovene gymnasts, including those of Leon Stukelj. The three gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal he was awarded between 1924 and 1936 make him the most successful Slovene Olympic athlete of all times.

Like the earlier fame of our victorious gymnasts, the renown of Slovenia's alpine skiers has grown with their successes over the last twenty years. Our athletes have also won the highest medals on the world stage in ski jumping, rowing, whitewater canoeing and kayaking, track and field . . . Among the Olympic team medal winners are basketball, handball, and soccer players who won their medals as members of Yugoslav teams.

Brigita Bukovec

All the Slovene competitors at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Andraz Vehovar

Olympic Games, Paris 1924