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Famous Athletes from Slovenia

Updated June 14, 2019 8.6k views500 items

List of famous athletes from Slovenia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Slovenia has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Slovenian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Slovenia and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Slovenia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List ranges from Gregor Cankar to Jure Travner, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Slovenian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Slovenia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Slovenia in order to get more information about each one.
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    Merlene Joyce Ottey OD (born 10 May 1960) is a Jamaican former track and field sprinter. She began her career representing Jamaica, before representing Slovenia from 2002 to 2012. She is ranked...  more
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    Tina Maze (Slovene: [ˈtiːna ˈmaːzɛ]; born 2 May 1983) is a retired Slovenian World Cup alpine ski racer. Maze is the most successful Slovenian ski racer in history with a career that culminated with...  more
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    Petra Majdič (born 22 December 1979 in Ljubljana) is a Slovenian former cross-country skier. Her best results came in classic style races. She won twenty-four World Cup races, twenty in sprint races,...  more
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    Mima Jaušovec (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈmìːma jaˈùːʃɔʋɛts] (listen); born 20 July 1956) is a retired female tennis player from the former Yugoslavia. She is most notable for winning the 1977 French...  more
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    Teja Gregorin (born 29 June 1980 in Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia) is a retired Slovenian biathlete....  more
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    Andreja Mali is a biathlete....  more
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    Vesna Fabjan (born 13 March 1985) is a Slovenian cross country skier who has competed since 2001. Competing in three Winter Olympics, her best finish was 3rd in the individual sprint event at Sochi...  more
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    Ana Drev (born 6 August 1985) is a Slovenian World Cup alpine ski racer. She specializes in the giant slalom and started her first European Cup race at age 15 on February 24, 2001, in Rogla,...  more
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    Saša Farič is a Slovenian freestyle skier, specializing in ski cross and a former alpine skier. Farič competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics for Slovenia. She placed 16th in the qualifying round in ski...  more
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    Sara Isaković (born 9 June 1988) is a retired Slovenian swimmer. In 2008 Beijing Olympics, at the age of 20, she placed 2nd in the 200 freestyle with the time of 1:54.97, becoming the second woman...  more
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    Maruša Ferk (born 27 September 1988 in Blejska Dobrava, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian alpine skier. She is a member of DTV Partizan Blejska Dobrava. Her best result in the World Cup is...  more
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    Tadeja Brankovič-Likozar (born 20 December 1979 in Kranj, SFR Yugoslavia) is a retired Slovenian biathlete. She has been a member of the Slovenian biathlon team since 1995. So far she has five podium...  more
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    Teodora Poštič (born 25 September 1984) is a Slovenian figure skater. She is a four-time (2006–09) Slovenian national champion and reached the free skate at four ISU Championships – three Europeans...  more
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    Robert Kranjec (born 16 July 1981) is a Slovenian former ski jumper....  more
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    Primož Peterka (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈpriːmɔʃ ˈpeːtərka] (listen); born 28 February 1979) is a Slovenian former ski jumper who competed from 1996 to 2011. He is one of the most successful athletes...  more
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    Barbara Jezeršek is a cross-country skier....  more
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    Siarhei Rutenka, also Sergej Rutenka (Belarusian: Сяргей Рутэнка; born 29 September 1981) is a Belarusian former handball player. Besides Belarusian citizenship, he also acquired Slovenian...  more
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    Maja Benedičič is a cross-country skier....  more
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    Nina Bednarik is a freestyle skier....  more
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    Katja Višnar (born 21 March 1984) is a Slovenian cross-country skier who has competed since 2001. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she finished 11th in the team sprint, 15th in the 4 x 5 km...  more
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    Radoslav "Rašo" Nesterović (Serbian Cyrillic: Радослав "Рашо" Нестеровић, Slovene: Radoslav "Rašo" Nesterovič; born May 30, 1976), usually referred to in English as Radoslav "Rasho" Nesterovic, is a...  more

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    Emir Preldžić (born 6 September 1987) is a Turkish professional basketball player for Bahçeşehir of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He also represents the Turkish national basketball team....  more
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    Dijana Ravnikar, is a Slovenian biathlete and Cross-country skier of Croatian origin....  more
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    Katarina Srebotnik (born March 12, 1981) is a Slovenian professional tennis player. She reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 20 on 7 August 2006. On 4 July 2011, she reached No. 1 of...  more
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    Anja Eržen is a cross-country skier....  more