Jure Franko

Jure Franko (About this soundlisten ) (born 28 March 1962 in Nova Gorica) is a Slovenian-Yugoslav former alpine skier, best known for winning a giant slalom silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Jure Franko
Medal record
Men's alpine skiing
Representing  Yugoslavia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1984 Sarajevo Giant slalom
Gold medal – first place 1985 Belluno Giant slalom

Jure Franko was born and raised in Nova Gorica, a city in Slovenia at the border with Italy. Franko competed in giant slalom and super giant slalom events, and reached the peak of his skiing career in the 1983–84 season. On 14 February 1984, at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, he won a silver medal in giant slalom. This was the first Winter Olympics medal ever for Yugoslavia. Franko was at the 4th position after the first leg of the giant slalom, and delivered the fastest time of the second leg, bringing him to second place overall (Max Julen from Switzerland took gold).

Franko also competed in the World Cup competitions, where he placed himself 3rd three times. In addition, he achieved 23 top ten positions, and 11 additional top 15 positions. He quit skiing after the 1984–85 season.

In January 2006, Jure Franko participated in the 2006 Winter Olympic torch relay, by relaying the torch from Slovenia to Italy at the Slovenian-Italian border in Nova Gorica. He also organised a trip for 43 children of modest economic backgrounds from Sarajevo, Nova Gorica and Gorizia to visit the giant slalom event at the 2006 Winter Olympic games in Turin, Italy.

Jure is sometimes confused with Jurij Franko, designer of the Elan SCX ski. The two attended the same school during the 1970s.[1]

World Cup resultsEdit

Season standingsEdit

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1980 17 68 24 not
1981 18
1982 19 60 25
1983 20 32 33 8 not
(w/ GS)
1984 21 19 36 5 27
1985 22 38 12

Race podiumsEdit

Season Date Location Discipline Position
1984 10 December 1983   Val d'Isere, France Super-G 3rd
12 December 1983   Les Diablerets, Switzerland Giant slalom 3rd
20 March 1984   Oppdal, Norway Super-G 3rd

Olympic Games resultsEdit

Season Age Slalom Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1980 17 12 not run not run
1984 21 2

World Championships resultsEdit

Season Age Slalom Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1982 19 14 not run
1985 22 11


  1. ^ Jurij Franko, "Right Ski, Wrong Jure", Skiing Heritage Journal, June 2007, p. 47

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Dragutin Šurbek
Yugoslav Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Dražen Petrović
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Bojan Križaj
Flagbearer for   Yugoslavia
Sarajevo 1984
Succeeded by
Bojan Križaj