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Rok Petrovič

Olympic athlete from Slovenia

Rok Petrovič  listen (help·info) (February 5, 1966 - September 16, 1993) was a Slovenian alpine skier. Petrovič was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the son of Krešimir Petrović, a well known sports psychologist of Croatian origin. His first success in alpine ski racing was the 1983 Junior World Championship slalom title in Sestriere, Italy. After this he rapidly advanced up the world slalom rankings. In the 1985-86 alpine skiing World Cup season, he was practically unbeatable in slalom, his competition left to wait for rare mistakes in his highly aggressive and innovative skiing style. That season he won 5 races, is second in St. Anton, Austria and third in Geilo, Norway, easily winning the World Cup slalom title and becoming the first Slovenian with a crystal globe. After his championship-winning season, Petrovič was unable to recapture his winning form, the only hint of his championship season being a second place behind his teammate Bojan Križaj at the unforgettable race in Kranjska Gora next season. He finished eighth in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games giant slalom. Due to his lack of winning results, he quit skiing in 1988 and began studies at the College of Sports in Ljubljana. He  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Rok Petrovic
Date of birth
1966-02-05
Place of birth
Ljubljana
Nationality
Slovenia

Athlete facts

Sports
Alpine skiing

Death

Date of death
1993-09-16
Cause of death
Drowning
Place of death
Vela Luka

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