21 Mar 2021, 18:17 PM

STA, 21 March 2021 - Slovenian ski jumper Nika Križnar won silver in a FIS World Cup women's individual event in Nizhny Tagil, Russia on Sunday, reclaiming the yellow jersey. Austria's Marita Kramer meanwhile clinched another victory on the hill of the Russian ski resort this weekend.

Scoring 232.3 points, Križnar toppled Japan's Sara Takanashi, who placed third today, in the World Cup standings and reclaimed the yellow jersey of the overall leader with a total of 751 points. Takanashi has so far bagged 746 points.

Križnar's first jump was 93.5 metres long, however she lost key points due to her flawed landing. The 21-year-old did better in the second round, jumping 94 metres to win silver.

In the Slovenian team Špela Rogelj was second-best, placing 13th. Urša Bogataj ranked 14th and Ema Klinec underperformed after her third place in the qualifying round, ranking 18th. Klinec retained her fifth place in overall standings though.

The team's head coach Zoran Zupančič could not be present at the event due to testing positive for coronavirus. Zupančič, who recently recovered from Covid-19, had tested negative before the team left for Russia.

As the Women Blue Bird tour kicked off with the Nizhny Tagil event, Kramer is currently in the lead, trailed by Takanashi (21.1 points behind) and Križnar (24.8 points).

Next weekend, the women's World Cup season will wrap up with two individual events and a team event in Chaikovsky, Russia.

16 Mar 2021, 17:43 PM

STA, 16 March 2021 - Slovenian road cycling star Tadej Pogačar is the winner of Tirreno-Adriatico, an elite race across Italy between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts, in what is already his sixth overall career win in multi-day races.

The 22-year-old racer for Team UEA Emirates set the foundation for the win in the "Race of the Two Seas" on Saturday and Sunday, when he grabbed the jersey for the overall leader after two gruelling stages.

He was reserved in the penultimate stage on Monday but managed to keep a lead of more than a minute ahead of the closest rivals, and the last, seventh stage, a 10.1-km time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto was a formality.

Pogačar was fourth in the time trial to keep the lead and win the sixth multi-stage race in his career, the most prestigious of them being last year's Tour de France. He also recently won the Tour of UAE.

The Slovenian finished more than one minute ahead of Belgium's Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). Spain's Mikel Landa was third overall, falling almost four minutes behind Pogačar.

"I'm super happy with today's performance, with the entire week actually. I'm in great shape, and I have an excellent team by my side. I'm happy and we are going forward with positive thoughts," the Slovenian said.

In addition to the blue jersey for the overall winner, he also won the white jersey for the best young cyclists and the polka-dot jersey for the best mountain climber.

After his second multi-stage race this season, Pogačar will rest a bit, after taking part in the Tour of the Basque Country (5-10 April), where he will race against his compatriot Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) for this first time this year.

12 Mar 2021, 12:34 PM

STA, 12 March 2021 - This weekend, the Alpine town of Kranjska Gora will be the penultimate destination of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup for this season. Top male skiers will compete on the Vitranc hill in giant slalom on Saturday and slalom on Sunday.

The two races and the competitions the following weekend in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, will determine the winner of the season's crystal globes.

In the overall standings, Alexis Pintarault currently holds an 81-point lead over Marco Odermatt of Switzerland, the only skier close enough to challenge Pintarault.

Pintarault is also at the top of giant slalom standings and will be defending his lead against Odermatt, as well as Filip Zubčić of Croatia.

Pintarault holds the highest number of Kranjska Gora podiums in giant slalom among active skiers. He climbed the podium seven times, winning the race on two of the occasions.

The standings in slalom may be cemented already this Sunday, as Marc Schwarz of Austria currently holds a 146-point lead over Swiss Ramon Zenhäusern in second place.

After the Kranjska Gora competition was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year, marking 60 years since the first race, the events will take place without spectators.

A charity campaign has been launched ahead of the competition, encouraging fans to donate the money they would have spent on tickets to the Botrstvo children charity, which also supports young athletes.

10 Mar 2021, 12:32 PM

STA, 10 March 2021 - Chess player Laura Unuk has become the first Slovenian woman to win the International Master title awarded by the international chess governing body FIDE, the second highest-ranking title in chess.

Unuk won the title by bagging a victory at the chess tournament Mediterranean Flowers in Croatia's Rijeka on Tuesday. First she won against Ivana Hreščak and then against Olga Zimino from Italy in a live rating over 2,400.

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"I only needed this rating and I finally made it. I only needed the live rating to be over 2,400, but I will do my best that will also be the case on paper at the end of the tournament," said the 21-year-old student of chemistry and chemical technology, who has entered the tournament as Woman Grandmaster.

She won the Woman International Master title at the World Youth Chess Championships in Durban, South Africa, in 2014.

04 Mar 2021, 08:52 AM

STA, 3 March 2021 - Slovenia's Nika Križnar won the bronze medal in the women's large hill competition at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Germany's Oberstdorf on Wednesday in what is the fourth medal for Slovenian ski jumpers there.

Križnar, who already has silver in the women's team event, scored 287.1 points from the two jumps, falling behind the gold-medallist Maren Lundby of Norway (296.6) and the silver-medallist Sara Takanashi of Japan (287,9).

Slovenia's Ema Klinec, who won gold on the normal hill a week ago, was sixth with 273.3 points.

This is a fourth medal for Slovenian ski jumpers in Oberstdorf and a sixth medal overall, which puts Slovenia fourth overall in the nations' medal count.

26 Feb 2021, 11:28 AM

STA, 25 February 2021 - Ema Klinec won a ski jumping event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany on Thursday becoming the first Slovenian female ski jumping world champion. The defending champion, Norwegian Maren Lundby, won silver, while Japanese Sara Takanashi won bronze.

"I can't believe it! I want to thank all of you who believed in me," said the 22-year-old winner. "After the final jump I didn't feel I could win. But I did the best I could, and I made it," she told the organisers.

With 279.6 points, she was 3.1 points ahead of Lundby and 3.3 points ahead of Takanashi, also a former champion and a record holder in world cup victories, which Klinec has none.

The new world champion landed at 105 metres in the first series with an excellent Telemark style but was still one point behind Austria's Marita Kramer, who jumped four metres longer but just barely managed to stay on her feet. A footage of the jump in slow motion revealed a touch, so Takanashi and Lundby were the only ones left in the battle for medals.

In the finals, the Norwegian managed 99.5 points. Takanashi jumped half a metre longer but scored 0.2 points fewer. Klinec landed at 100.5 metres, again delivering a good landing. Kramer jumped 98 metres, with some problems during landing to finish fourth.

The other Slovenian finalists were also successful, with the best Slovenian female jumper this winter, Nika Križnar, finishing fifth (257.5), Jerneja Brecl (244.6) ninth and Urša Bogataj (235.9) thirteenth.

A new opportunity for medals will come on Friday when a women's team event is scheduled.

25 Feb 2021, 09:32 AM

STA, 24 February 2021 - The Giro d'Italia, one of the three iconic Grand Tour cycling races, will take a detour through Slovenia this year. The 15th stage will take the riders to the winemaking region of Goriška Brda and the city of Nova Gorica in the west of the country on Sunday, 23 May.

With the start and finish in Italy, the stage will run from Grado to Gorizia and will be perfect for sprinters, the organizers said at the presentation of the 104th Giro in Milan on Wednesday.

The world's second biggest stage race after the Tour de France, the Giro will set off in Turin on 8 May to finish in Milan on 30 May, visiting 14 out of Italy's 20 provinces and crossing into Slovenia and Switzerland on the way in a total of 21 stages.

The municipalities of Brda and Nova Gorica attributed the credit for the Giro visiting Slovenia to Edy Reja, an Italian football coach of Slovenian descent, and the excellent cross-border relationship.

They described the rolling hills of Brda and the surrounding area as a "real treat" and magnet for cyclists year-round.

The Giro has visited the region before, 20 years ago.

It is seen as yet another success for the border region after Nova Gorica won its bid to host the 2025 European Capital of Culture with its Italian counterpart Gorizia.

24 Feb 2021, 12:05 PM

STA, 24 February 2021 - Slovenian cross-country skier Anamarija Lampič has been awarded the small crystal globe as the overall World Cup winner in the women's sprint discipline as the International Ski Federation (FIS) decided to cut the season short after seven sprint events being held, with Lampič leading the standings.

After seven World Cup sprint events, the Slovenian has 402 points, well ahead of Nadine Faehndrich of Switzerland (296) and Linn Svahn of Sweden (275).

Lampič is only second Slovenian ever to win a small crystal globe in the Cross-Country World Cup, after Petra Majdič won it in the sprint discipline three times - in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Her previous best was third place last season.

The 25-year-old, who was declared the 2020 Slovenian female athlete of the year, will also be one of the main favourites at the Nordic World Ski Championships, which opened today in Germany's Oberstdorf.

She will appear in her first competition in Oberstdorf on Thursday as the women's classic sprint is on schedule.

"Medal is the goal. Only that counts at world championships. I will not be very devastated if I don't get it, but I will do everything to at least make it to the finals, and then a podium finish will be possible," Lampič said.

Lampič, who was second in the World Cup sprint event at the same course last year, is coming off a World Cup win in team sprint in pair with Eva Urevc in Sweden on 7 February. The pair was also third in a December World Cup race in Dresden.

14 Feb 2021, 09:24 AM

STA, 13 February 2021 - Two avalanches were triggered in the area of Mt Storžič (2,132 metres) in the western part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps mountain range on Saturday, burying four climbers. Three died at the scene and one sustained severe injuries, the Administration for Civil Protection and Disatser Relief says on its website. Two rescuers were also injured.

The first avalanche happened at 10:40am and buried two climbers on their way to Mt Storžič. Both sustained injuries so severe that they died on the scene.

Robert Kralj, the head of the police mountain unit, told the press that the avalanche also buried two other climbers up to their waist but the pair was not injured. They called for help.

As soon as they dug themselves out they started rescue procedures themselves, added Sašo Rožič from the Tržič mountain rescue service.

During the rescue operation involving mountain rescuers, police, army and a medical team, another avalanche was triggered about three hours later higher up the mountain, engulfing two other climbers.

One of them died at the scene, while the other sustained serious injuries.

Rescuers were informed of the new avalanche via radio. While trying to escape the second avalanche, two of the rescuers were injured. A rescuer from the medical team sustained severe injuries.

The three victims and the two injured were brought to the valley by an army helicopter.

Rožič said 24 rescuers and three avalanche rescue dogs had been involved in the rescue operation. Two army and police helicopters were also activated. Rožič could not say whether the injured and deceased had been experienced climbers or not, but they were the only climbers in the area today, according to official information.

According to Primorski Dnevnik, a Slovenian skier was also killed today in an avalanche in Sella Nevea, Friuli Venezia Giulia, on the Italian side of Mt Kanin. Two other Slovenians who were with him were not injured.

The Kranj police warned against hiking and climbing in the mountains in the current extreme weather conditions.

The danger of avalanches at altitudes of up to 1,800 metres is level three, considerable, while at higher altitudes it is high, level four. Temperatures in the mountains are at around -20 degrees Celsius with strong northerly and north-easterly winds.

07 Feb 2021, 15:32 PM

STA, 7 February 2021 - Slovenian cross-country skiers Eva Urevc and Anamarija Lampič won the women's World Cup team sprint event in Ulricehamn, in Sweden on Sunday in their biggest feat ever after finishing third in the same discipline in Dresden in December.

The Slovenian pair beat Sweden's team featuring Saturday's sprint event winner Maja Dahlqvist and the top sprinter of the past season Linn Svahn, by 18 hundredths of a second.

Swiss skiers Laurien van der Graaf and Nadine Fähndrich came in third.

Urevc and Lampič were in third and forth position for most of the final heat, but Lampič powered on in the final meters of the race to cross the finish line first, 0.21 seconds ahead of Svahn, 0.28 seconds clear of Fähndrich and 0.34 seconds ahead of Jessie Diggins of the US.

This was after the Slovenian pair placed third in the semi-finals behind the Swedish and US teams.

25 Jan 2021, 13:39 PM

STA, 24 January 2021 - The Slovenian ski resort of Rogla will host a part of this year's Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships, with the parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom disciplines to be held there on 1 and 2 March.

The Slovenian Ski Association has announced that Rogla will host this segment of the snowboarding competitions of the championship after the original hosts in China cancelled the event, scheduled for February, altogether.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) then split the event into several segments and determining new hosts, awarding the parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom to Rogla.

This will be the first time that the resort in north-eastern Slovenia will host the world championship in snowboarding. It will also host a World Cup event on 6 March.

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