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When you visit Slovenia, you will almost certainly come across a hiker, cyclist or runner. These are the most popular activities of Slovenians, and they’re gaining new enthusiasts every year. Healthy living and a sporting heart permeates every facet of life. This is why it’s not surprising that Slovenia has so many top athletes, who win medals at the highest level. In terms of sporting achievements per capita, Slovenia certainly belongs at the very top in the world, and is a true phenomenon in this sense. Since sport has a special place in Slovenia, a new national holiday – Day of Slovenian Sport – is dedicated to it.

He came, he saw, he conquered. – Tadej Pogačar, the winning champion of the Tour de France.

Get to know one of the youngest winners of the prestigious cycling race – Tour de France, who stunned the world's cycling elite. Not only did he wear the yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees in Paris as he claimed a stunning overall victory, but he also won the polka-dot jersey as the race’s top climber and the white one awarded to the best young rider.

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Hottest sport names at the moment

Slovenia is a true phenomenon when it comes to the successes of its athletes. They make great achievements and win medals in numerous sports. Let us introduce you to some of the hottest names in Slovenian sport at the moment, each of whom stands out in terms of their world-class achievements.

Tadej Pogačar

The winner of Tour de France 2020, the youngest winner after 1904 in the history of the prestigious race and the first Slovenian to win the French "grande boucle".

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Primož Roglič

The former ski jumper who has turned into a top-level cyclist establishing new milestones in Slovenian and world cycling.

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Luka Dončić

The young basketball virtuoso, who is breaking records in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and winning the hearts of basketball fans around the world.

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Anže Kopitar

The captain of the US ice hockey team Los Angeles Kings, who has won the prestigious Stanley Cup in the National Hockey League (NHL) twice.

Goran Dragić

The captain of the gold-medal winning national basketball team at the 2017 EuroBasket and a member of the NBA team Miami Heat.

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Jan Oblak

The goalkeeper of the football club Atletico Madrid, the fifth-highest paid goalkeeper in football history and one of the best in the world.

Tim Gajser

An exceptionally talented motocross rider who despite his youth is already a three-time world champion, twice in the elite MXGP class.

Janja Garnbret

The sport climber who was the first in the history of the sport to achieve a hat-trick victory at a single championship (lead, bouldering and combined).

Most successful individual sports by number of Olympic medals

In the number of Olympic medals per capita, Slovenia belongs at the very top of the world. Slovenian athletes have won 12 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze medals at the Olympics in individual sports. Slovenians have also won some medals as part of national teams in team sports – handball, football and basketball. Also among our most successful sports in terms of Olympic medals won are gymnastics, Alpine skiing, ski jumping, rowing and judo.

The most Olympic medals have been won by gymnasts Leon Štukelj and Miroslav Cerar, Alpine skier Tina Maze, rowers Iztok Čop and Luka Špik, shooter Rajmond Debevec, snowboarder Žan Košir, sailor Vasilij Žbogar, while hammer thrower Primož Kozmus and judokas Urška Žolnir and Tina Trstenjak also boast Olympic champion titles.  

One team, one heart

Slovenian athletes are also making their presence known at major competitions in team sports. Slovenian basketball players climbed to the top of Europe in 2017. The team included Luka Dončić and Goran Dragić, who are among the hottest names in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Slovenian volleyball experienced a true renaissance in recent years as the men's national team were the runners-up at two European championships. Slovenia is also a country where an excellent standard of handball is played. The men's national team has competed at the Olympics three times and is among the favourites at almost all major competitions. The men's national ice hockey team also had the opportunity to feel the Olympic spirit on two occasions.

What is the secret of Slovenian sporting achievements?

Slovenian athletes are attaining top results and winning medals in numerous sports. Perhaps you would not consider this unusual if you were unaware that Slovenia is a nation of (only) 2 million people. How is this possible? See what a renowned former Slovenian sport journalist thinks about it and discover the formula of Slovenia's successes.

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Extreme, record-setting, exceptional

Slovenians do not just reach for the summit when it comes to established sports competitions.  Extraordinary individuals have always pushed the limits in the mountaineering, diving, ultramarathons, and more. Among the most outstanding names of the recent past are the extreme skier Davo Karničar, mountaineers Tomo Česen and Tomaž Humar, ultramarathon cyclist Jure Robič, swimmer Martin Strel, ultramarathon racer Dušan Mravlje, and many others who stand out for having achieved the extraordinary. Here are some remarkable performances accomplished over the past few years.  

Alenka Artnik

A world record holder in free diving, who dove to incredible 113 meters in monofin last year, has just set a new world record with a 94-metre dive in bi-fin.

Miha Podgornik

An extreme athlete with exceptional achievements in his genes.  He finished, among other exploits, the famous Spartathlon utramarathon race, and made history, together with ski champion Ivica Kostelić, by crossing Iceland on foot and on skis.   

Laura Unuk

A young talented chess player, who at the age of 20 boasts two titles as World Junior Chess Champion and the title of chess grandmaster.

Young generation of mountain climbers

Aleš Česen, Luka Lindič and Luka Stražar are the names of some of Slovenia's finest young alpinists in recent years; all three have already twice claimed the prestigious Piolet d'Or (Golden Ice Axe Award) for their first ascents in various rope teams.

Active like Slovenian sport heroes

Have you too been grabbed by the sports fever? Why not discover the active side of Slovenia yourself? Take a look at what can you do in the style of Slovenian sport aces.

Around Slovenia like Roglič

Thanks to Roglič and other top Slovenian cyclists, road cycling is becoming increasingly popular. While travelling around Slovenia, you will meet an increasing number of recreational cyclists battling long distances and the hills where the Slovenian champions began their rise to sporting glory. Join them in cycling around the picturesque green countryside.

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Around Slovenia like Roglič

Around Slovenia like Roglič

Thanks to Roglič and other top Slovenian cyclists, road cycling is becoming increasingly popular. While travelling around Slovenia, you will meet an increasing number of recreational cyclists battling long distances and the hills where the Slovenian champions began their rise to sporting glory. Join them in cycling around the picturesque green countryside.

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The sky's the limit

The sky's the limit

Discover the most attractive climbing challenges in Slovenia. Climb via ferrata of various difficulty levels to reach places that offer magnificent views. Try one of the 113 natural climbing sites.   Visit indoor climbing centres and solve the riddle among grips like Janja Garnbret.

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Tame the wild waters like whitewater canoeists

Tame the wild waters like whitewater canoeists

Slovenia also has a number of top-level kayakers and canoeists, starting with the reigning Olympic silver medallist Peter Kauzer and European champion Benjamin Savšek. Feel some of the adrenaline they experience on the rapids of the country’s clear rivers. The wildest experience awaits you on the emerald beauty of Soča, while other Slovenian rivers will also be able to provide you with a challenge. If not exactly in a kayak or canoe, maybe in some other vessel.

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Hitting the white slopes like ski aces

Hitting the white slopes like ski aces

Our wealth of successful Alpine skiers proves that Slovenians like to ski. The greatest among them is the amazing Tina Maze, while Žan Kranjec and Ilka Štuhec have been discovering winning ways in recent years. Hop on the skis yourself and descend the slopes of Slovenian ski resorts.

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In the skiing and ski jumping paradise under the Poncas

In the skiing and ski jumping paradise under the Poncas

Ski jumps also have their special place on the Slovenian sport map. This is because of the exceptional achievements of Slovenian ski jumpers, headlined by the "golden eagle" Peter Prevc, but also because of the modern Planica Nordic Centre, dominated by the renowned ski flying hill. You can descend from it on a zip line and feel some of the adrenaline experienced by ski flyers. Planica will host the World Ski Flying Championship, and in 2023 it will be the venue of the Nordic World Ski Championships.

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Sport event fever

Feel some more competitive spirit. You can participate in numerous recreational cycling and running events. Even if you are not active in sports, in Slovenia you’ll have the opportunity to support your favourites at numerous international events.

Get to know the cycling side of Slovenia

Socialise at cycling events across Slovenia!

Get to know the cycling side of Slovenia

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Top running events in Slovenia

Get to know Slovenia from a runner's point of view!

Top running events in Slovenia

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Experience the sports year in Slovenia in your own way

Get your voices ready to cheer on your favourites and come to the idyllic environment of Slovenia’s sports venues.

Experience the sports year in Slovenia in your own way

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Let’s go!

Have you too been filled with the athletic spirit? Surrender yourself to it and find your favourite activity in green Slovenia. Perhaps you will also be inspired by the stories of Primož Roglič and Luka Dončić. Get to know the picturesque countryside, kind people and richness of flavours along the way.

An explosion of adrenaline-filled fun

Are you in pursuit of adrenaline-filled adventures? Pick your favourites!

An explosion of adrenaline-filled fun

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Biking

Explore Slovenia by bike. The dynamic landscapes of Slovenia, with their countless natural beauties, are ideal for a biking holiday.

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Water activities

Vacation by rivers, lakes, in thermal spas or at the seaside.

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Seven reasons why you should spend your winter holidays in Slovenia

Learn about the advantages of choosing Slovenia as your winter holiday destination.

Seven reasons why you should spend your winter holidays in Slovenia

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Hiking

Slovenia is a hiking paradise. More than 10,000 kilometres of marked hiking trails.

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Discover the home country of basketball player Luka Dončić

Young basketball star Luka Dončić, wearing the jersey of the Dallas Mavericks, has impressed the basketball world and the NBA.

Discover the home country of basketball player Luka Dončić

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Winter sports

Experience winter fun in the snow and on the ice.

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Learn about the cycling career of Primož Roglič

Get to know the cycling routes of Slovenia, home of the cycling star Primož Roglič, who thrilled the cycling community in 2019 by ranking third at Giro d’Italia and securing an overall win at La Vuelta a España.

Learn about the cycling career of Primož Roglič

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