Slovenia at the 2018 Winter Olympics
|Slovenia at the|
2018 Winter Olympics
|NOC||Slovenian Olympic Committee|
|in Pyeongchang, South Korea|
9–25 February 2018
|Competitors||71 (52 men and 19 women) in 9 sports|
|Flag bearer (opening)||Vesna Fabjan|
|Flag bearer (closing)||Filip Flisar|
|Winter Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|Yugoslavia (1924–1928, 1936–1956, 1964–1988)|
Slovenian athletes won two Olympic medals: biathlete Jakov Fak won silver in men's individual while snowboarder Žan Košir won bronze in men's parallel giant slalom, his third Olympic medal in total. The country ranked 24th in the medal table. The ice hockey team won two games in the preliminary round, against United States and Slovakia, but lost in the playoffs against Norway.
In January 2018, the Olympic Committee of Slovenia officially confirmed 71 competitors who would represent the country at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Slovenia men's national ice hockey team already qualified for the Olympic tournament at the qualification tournament in 2016. Vesna Fabjan, a cross-country skier and a bronze medalist from Sochi, was chosen as the flagbearer for the opening ceremony. The selection was conducted using a Facebook poll among three candidates, Fabjan, biathlete Jakov Fak, and ice hockey player Mitja Robar. Fak later distanced himself from the poll after being targeted by hate speech in online forums, having previously represented Croatia at the 2010 Winter Olympics. In Vancouver, Fak won a bronze medal in men's sprint.
In Sochi, Slovenia won a record eight medals, including two gold by alpine skier Tina Maze. Since the 2014 Olympics, Maze retired from competitive skiing, as did the biathlete Teja Gregorin. The media expectations were lower than before the Sochi Olympics. Alpine skier Ilka Štuhec, the 2017 downhill World Champion and second in the overall 2016-17 World Cup standings, suffered an injury in autumn 2017 and had to skip the entire 2017-18 season. The strongest potential candidate for medals was Jakov Fak, who had strong World Cup performances earlier in the season, with media noting that freestyle skier Filip Flisar, ski jumpers, or alpine skiers were also capable of achieving good results.
In alpine skiiing, the best Slovenian result was a 4th place of Žan Kranjec in giant slalom, while skiers won three more top-10 finishes. In team event, Slovenian team was eliminated in the round of 16 against Sweden. The best result in women's events was an 11th place of Ana Bucik in women's combined.
In biathlon, five men and two women competed. Jakov Fak faced some problems at the first two events but won a silver medal at the men's individual event, covering all 20 targets. Among other prominent results, Fak finished 10th in mass start, Klemen Bauer 10th in individual, and Urška Poje 12th in women's individual, covering all 20 targets.
At the men's ice hockey tournament, Slovenia competed in Group B with United States, Slovakia, and Olympic Athletes from Russia in the preliminary round. Following the NHL's decision not to allow its players to participate at the tournament, Slovenia's top player Anže Kopitar of Los Angeles Kings was unable to join the team. In their first game, Slovenia beat the United States 3-2 in overtime, having returned from 0-2 in the last third. Goalscorers for Slovenia were Jan Urbas and Jan Muršak. In the second game, Slovenia lost 2-8 to the OAR team, with Žiga Pance and Muršak scoring for Slovenia. Slovenia won against Slovakia 3-2 after a penalty shootout. Slovenia finished 2nd in their group and faced Norway in the playoff. Norway won 2-1 in overtime and Slovenia finished 9th in the overall ranking. Just before the game against Norway, the IOC announced that Žiga Jeglič tested positive for doping. In his reaction, Jeglič stated that he had neglected to report his use of an asthma drug containing fenoterol which his doctor had prescribed for him. Jelgič was suspended from the games and had to skip the game against Norway.
In ski jumping, the best individual results were a 7th place of Nika Križnar in women's normal hill individual and an 11th place of Peter Prevc in men's large hill individual. Slovenian team finished 5th at the team event.
In snowboarding, none of the three athletes in freestyle events qualified for the finals. In parallel event (giant slalom), Žan Košir, Tim Mastnak, and Glorija Kotnik qualified to the finals. Mastnak and Kotnik were eliminated in the round of 16 while Košir won a bronze medal after defeating Sylvain Dufour of France. Košir's semifinal defeat against Lee Sang-ho of South Korea caused some controversy as the photo finish clearly showed Košir crossing the finish line well ahead of Lee. Later, FIS officials explained that the time was measured correctly and that the photo finish footage is irrelevant. Ultimately, Košir stated that he was happy with the medal he won, having skipped the previous two seasons due to back injuries.
Among other events, Tilen Sirše finished 39th in luge, the best Slovenian result in Nordic combined was a 28th place of Vid Vrhovnik in normal hill/10 km, and Filip Flisar finished 7th in men's ski cross. Flisar was the flagbearer for Slovenia at the closing ceremony.
The following is the list of number of competitors participating at the Games per sport/discipline.
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|Martin Čater||Giant slalom||DNF|
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|Ana Bucik||Giant slalom||1:13.38||20||1:10.71||24||2:24.09||21|
|Ana Drev||Giant slalom||1:11.64||10||DNF|
|Meta Hrovat||Giant slalom||1:12.76||16||1:09.59||9||2:22.35||14|
|Athlete||Event||Round of 16||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Final / BM|
|Team|| Sweden (SWE)
|Did not advance|
|Klemen Bauer||Sprint||24:36.4||2 (0+2)||26|
|Miha Dovžan||Sprint||25:42.2||2 (2+0)||53|
|Mass start||37:19.8||4 (1+0+2+1)||20|
|Mitja Drinovec||Sprint||26:13.7||3 (1+2)||72|
|Jakov Fak||Sprint||24:34.2||2 (1+1)||23|
|Mass start||36:23.4||1 (0+0+1+0)||10|
|Team relay||1:20:17.3||11 (5+6)||10|
|Anja Eržen||Sprint||23:20.9||3 (2+1)||46|
|Urška Poje||Sprint||24:52.8||4 (0+4)||75|
|Team relay||1:11:55.6||8 (0+8)||14|
|Miha Šimenc||Men's 15 km freestyle||N/A||39:16.9||+5:33.0||88|
|Alenka Čebašek||Women's 10 km freestyle||26:30.1||+1:29.6||12|
|Manca Slabanja||Women's 10 km freestyle||28:47.3||+3:46.8||54|
|Women's 15 km skiathlon||25:10.1||61||22:16.8||58||47:57.8||+7:12.9||59|
|Women's 4 × 5 km relay||N/A||53:55.7||+2:31.4||8|
|Janez Lampič||Men's sprint||3:22:03||46||Did not advance|
|Men's team sprint||N/A||17:24.79||11||Did not advance|
|Alenka Čebašek||Women's sprint||3:23.38||29 Q||3:30.87||6||Did not advance|
|Anamarija Lampič||3:16.57||11 Q||3:12.46||3 q||3:13.95||4||Did not advance|
|Nika Razinger||3:35.11||52||Did not advance|
|Katja Višnar||3:15.24||5 Q||3:20.49||4||Did not advance|
|Women's team sprint||N/A||16:39.92||3 q||16:28.24||6|
- Ski cross
|Athlete||Event||Seeding||Round of 16||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Final|
|Filip Flisar||Men's ski cross||1:09.65||5||1 Q||2 Q||4 FB||3||7|
Qualification legend: FA – Qualify to medal round; FB – Qualify to consolation round Source:
|Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Final / BM|
|Slovenia men's||Men's tournament|| United States
W 3–2 ОТ
| Olympic Athletes from Russia
W 3–2 GWS
L 1–2 OT
|Did not advance||9|
- Team roster
|8||F||Žiga Jeglič||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||80 kg (180 lb)||24 February 1988||Kranj, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (KHL)|
|12||F||David Rodman||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||10 September 1983||Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Brûleurs de Loups (Ligue Magnus)|
|14||D||Matic Podlipnik||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||9 August 1992||Jesenice||Energie Karlovy Vary (WSM Liga)|
|15||D||Blaž Gregorc||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||94 kg (207 lb)||18 January 1990||Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Mountfield HK (ELH)|
|16||F||Aleš Mušič||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||28 June 1982||Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Alba Volán Székesfehérvár (EBEL)|
|17||D||Žiga Pavlin||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||30 April 1985||Kranj, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Motor České Budějovice (WSM Liga)|
|18||F||Ken Ograjenšek||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||82 kg (181 lb)||30 August 1991||Celje||Graz 99ers (EBEL)|
|19||F||Žiga Pance||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||92 kg (203 lb)||1 January 1989||Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Dornbirner EC (EBEL)|
|22||F||Marcel Rodman||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||25 September 1981||Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||EC Bad Tolz (Oberliga)|
|23||D||Luka Vidmar||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||17 May 1986||Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Alba Volán Székesfehérvár (EBEL)|
|24||F||Rok Tičar – A||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||3 May 1989||Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL)|
|26||F||Jan Urbas||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)||98 kg (216 lb)||26 January 1989||Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Fischtown Pinguins (DEL)|
|28||D||Aleš Kranjc||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||92 kg (203 lb)||29 July 1983||Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||ETC Crimmitschau (DEL2)|
|32||G||Gašper Krošelj||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||9 February 1987||Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Rødovre Mighty Bulls (Metal Ligaen)|
|39||F||Jan Muršak – C||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||20 January 1988||Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Frolunda HC (SHL)|
|40||G||Luka Gračnar||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||31 October 1993||Jesenice||EC Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL)|
|51||D||Mitja Robar – A||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||4 January 1983||Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||EC KAC (EBEL)|
|55||F||Robert Sabolič||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||18 September 1988||Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (KHL)|
|61||D||Jurij Repe||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||17 September 1994||Kranj||Rytiri Kladno (WSM Liga)|
|69||G||Matija Pintarič||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||11 August 1989||Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Rouen Dragons (Ligue Magnus)|
|71||F||Boštjan Goličič||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||89 kg (196 lb)||12 June 1989||Kranj, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Brûleurs de Loups (Ligue Magnus)|
|84||F||Andrej Hebar||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||7 September 1984||Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Olimpija (AlpsHL)|
|86||D||Sabahudin Kovačević||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||26 February 1986||Jesenice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia||Energie Karlovy Vary (WSM Liga)|
|91||F||Miha Verlič||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||21 August 1991||Maribor||EC VSV (EBEL)|
|92||F||Anže Kuralt||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||85 kg (187 lb)||31 October 1991||Kranj||Gothiques d'Amiens (Ligue Magnus)|
- Preliminary round
|1||Olympic Athletes from Russia||3||2||0||0||1||14||5||+9||6||Quarterfinals|
- Slovenia 4 Pts; USA 4 Pts; Slovakia 1 Pts. Slovenia defeated USA 3–2 in overtime.
|14 February 2018 |
|United States||2–3 OT|
(1–0, 1–0, 0–2)
|Slovenia||Kwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang|
|Ryan Zapolski||Goalies||Gašper Krošelj||Referees:|
|6 min||Penalties||6 min|
|16 February 2018 |
|Olympic Athletes from Russia||8–2|
(2–0, 4–1, 2–1)
|Slovenia||Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang|
|8 min||Penalties||6 min|
|17 February 2018 |
(0–0, 2–1, 0–1)
|Slovakia||Kwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang|
|Gašper Krošelj||Goalies||Branislav Konrád||Referees:|
|4 min||Penalties||8 min|
- Qualification playoffs
|20 February 2018 |
(1–0, 0–0, 0–1)
|Norway||Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang|
|Gašper Krošelj||Goalies||Lars Haugen||Referees:|
|4 min||Penalties||12 min|
|Athlete||Event||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total|
|Tilen Sirše||Men's singles||49.887||34||58.776||40||49.646||38||Eliminated||2:38.310||39|
|Marjan Jelenko||Normal hill/10 km||73.5||60.4||46||25:27.5||32||30:08.5||44|
|Large hill/10 km||109.0||84.4||37||24:57.7||36||28:35.7||41|
|Vid Vrhovnik||Normal hill/10 km||92.5||90.4||27||24:58.9||23||27:39.9||28|
|Large hill/10 km||112.5||83.4||38||25:08.4||37||28:50.4||42|
Slovenia qualified nine quota places in ski jumping.
|Tilen Bartol||Normal hill||97.0||115.1||22 Q||106.0||119.0||12 Q||102.0||101.8||23||220.8||16|
|Large hill||103.5||69.6||49 Q||130.5||122.4||19 Q||130.0||125.1||12||247.5||17|
|Jernej Damjan||Normal hill||99.5||118.9||16 Q||97.0||101.1||27 Q||95.5||100.2||24||201.3||27|
|Large hill||132.5||113.7||15 Q||130.0||124.0||18 Q||130.5||124.3||14||248.3||16|
|Peter Prevc||Normal hill||99.0||120.2||14 Q||98.5||106.2||24 Q||113.0||128.1||3||234.3||12|
|Large hill||125.0||111.0||17 Q||134.0||132.4||8 Q||127.5||125.6||11||258.0||11|
|Anže Semenič||Large hill||119.5||97.5||30 Q||127.0||118.1||21||120.0||102.4||27||220.5||27|
|Timi Zajc||Normal hill||94.0||107.1||29 Q||97.0||98.6||33||Did not advance|
|Team large hill||N/A||515.5||492.4||5 Q||508.5||475.4||5||967.8||5|
|Urša Bogataj||Normal hill||84.5||71.2||25||81.0||64.0||30||135.2||30|
|Run 1||Run 2||Best||Rank||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Best||Rank|
|Tim-Kevin Ravnjak||Men's halfpipe||72.50||27.00||72.50||16||Did not advance|
|Kaja Verdnik||Women's halfpipe||24.75||34.00||34.00||21|
|Athlete||Event||Qualification||Round of 16||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Final|
|Žan Košir||Men's giant slalom||1:24.97||2 Q|| Kim S-k (KOR)
| Baumeister (GER)
| Lee S-h (KOR)
| Dufour (FRA)
|Rok Marguč||1:25.98||17||Did not advance|
|Tim Mastnak||1:25.97||16 Q|| Galmarini (SUI)
|Did not advance|
|Glorija Kotnik||Women's giant slalom||1:33.52||15 Q|| Zavarzina (OAR)|
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