GREAT DAY FOR CROATIAN SPORT
Zagreb, January 25 2017
The celebration in memory of January 17, 1992, when the IOC made the Decision on the temporary recognition of the Croatian Olympic Committee, was attended by the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša, and Secretary General Josip Čop, who congratulated all the athletes and sports professionals.
The decision enabled Croatian athletes to perform for the first time under their own flag at the Winter Olympics in Albertville on February 8 of that year.
The IOC made the decision on full recognition on September 24, 1993. Meanwhile, the Croatian athletes were already celebrating the first Olympic medals won at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, the first Summer Olympics at which they participated.
The decision on recognition was received by the first President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Antun Vrdoljak, who – following a proposal of Juan Antonio Samaranch, a proven friend of Croatia and Croatian athletes – became a member of the IOC and maintained that position from 1995 to 2012 as the third Croat, and the first and only of sovereign Croatia.
Since Croatian independence, from 1992 to 2017, Croatian athletes have participated at seven Summer and as many Winter Olympics, where they have won 44 medals, of which 33 at the Summer (11 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze), and 11 at the Winter Olympics (4 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze). Six medals (4 gold and 2 silver) were won by the best Croatian athlete of all times Janica Kostelić.