SKIING
We could say that Slovenia has two national sports: skiing and football. We all love to cheer for our champions in skiing. The most successful now is Tina Maze.
Tina Maze, Slovenian alpine ski racer on the World Cup circuit, was born May 2, 1983 in Slovenj Gradec. She has 8 World Cup victories, 7 of them in giant slalom. Her first victory was in year 2006 in Sölden, Austria and her last one this year March 12th in Äre, Sweden. In February 2008, she won the first downhill in her career in St. Moritz, Switzerland. This is also first Slovenian female downhill victory ever.
This year in giant slalom results she came in third, right after Tanja Poutiainen (Sweden) and Kathrin Zettel (Austria), in overall standings she was 6th.
At the 2009 World Championships in Val d’Isère, France, she won the silver medal in the giant slalom.
There are also great sportsmen, who we respect for their achievements and as persons.
IZTOK ČOP
Iztok was born on the 17th of June 1972 in Kranj, Slovenia. He started rowing at the age of 13 in Bled, where Slovenia's best rowing club is located. In year 1992 he achieved 3rd place on the Olympic Games in Barcelona with Denis Žvegelj. In 1995 he became a world champion in single scull. After year 1999 he started racing with Luka Špik in men’s double sculls. The same year they won the World Champion and next year they won Gold medal on the Olympic Games in Sydney. FISA reworded them for the best men’s crew of the year, because they achieved a gold medal as a double scull and a silver medal as a four-seated sculler. After that they won the Olympics in Greece and reached 1st and 2nd place on the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Iztok is not only a successful athlete, with his knowledge and experiences he wishes to help to create conditions for development of sport in Slovenia and promote sport among the youth. In the past years he's done a great job promoting the sport of rowing by organizing a sprint regatta on the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana, Slovenia, called Čop Challenger. With this event Iztok, as one of the best rowers in the history of this sport, wants to show that rowing should have a place in people’s lives.

LUKA ŠPIK
Luka was born on 9th of February.
After Iztok Čop achievement on the Olympics 1992 he started rowing and soon he displayed great skills. Only 3 years after the beginning of his career he appeared on the Olympic Games with Eric Tul. They were on 14th place. In 1996 he became junior golden world medalist in a single scull in a race that took place in Hazewinkel, Belgium. After that he joined his career with Iztok Čop.
Because Špik has always represented rowing in a light of success, while trying to conceal the pain and failure in his everlasting smile and optimism, the latter have become his trade mark and a key to success in sport and his life.