From the Beginnings to the Olympics

Slovenian gymnast Leon Štukelj who, between 1922 and 1936, won eight gold, four silver and five bronze medals in three Olympic games and three world championships.

The first encyclopaedia of Slovenia, The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola (1689) describes boating, cave exploration, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, shooting and skiing as popular contemporary sports on the territory of today’s Slovenia. Its 17th century description of a skier from Bloke is the oldest written record of skiing in Central Europe. Despite such early sports records, Slovenian sports societies did not appear until nearly two hundred years later; the first Slovenian sports association Južni sokol (Southern Falcon) was founded in 1862.

In 1905 Slovenska sokolska zveza (the Slovenian Falcon League) was established, uniting 115 societies. Between the two World Wars the first professional sports leagues emerged, and for a while there was also a Slovenian subcommittee of the Yugoslav Olympic Committee. After the Second World War, Fizkulturna zveza (The Physical Culture Association) was founded, later becoming Športna zveza Slovenije (The Sports Association of Slovenia). In the ’seventies and ’eighties, there were special physical culture associations which financed sports activities. At that time, several gymnasiums and other sports facilities were built.

The year 1991 saw the founding of the Slovenian Olympic Committee , which was recognised a year later by the International Olympic Committee. Slovenian competitors took part under the Slovenian flag for the first time at the Albertville Olympic Games in 1992.


Extraordinary Slovenian Olympic Legacy

January 2018

The Olympic Games are the biggest sports event in the world, and the dream of every top athlete. They are also a privilege. Competing at the Olympics is the fruit of years of preparation, training and self-discipline. In the...

Sochi 2014 – The Most Important Winter Event

Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

January 2014

"Get ready, here we go, Slovenia."It was with these words that Slovenian Alpine skier Tina Maze addressed the Slovenian public via video link from the Downhill in Cortina d'Ampezzo. A similar video message was sent by...

Petra Majdič, the leader of the Slovenian Olympic team

January 2014

As the leader of the Slovenian Olympic team, Petra Majdič, bronze medallist at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, is closely involved in the preparations for the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February. Her main concern is that...


October 2013

The promotional events for the 2013 European Basketball Championship, the biggest sporting event in Slovenia, have caught the eye of the whole of Europe because of their originality and innovativeness. The first shots into a hoop...