Jure Košir

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Jure Košir
— Alpine skier —
Jure Košir Zagreb 2009.jpg
Disciplines Giant slalom, Slalom
Club ASK Kranjska Gora
Born (1972-04-24) April 24, 1972 (age 42)
Jesenice, SFR Yugoslavia
World Cup debut November 24, 1991
Retired March 25, 2006
Olympics
Medals 1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Medals 0 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 15
Wins 3
Podiums 20
Overall titles 0
Discipline titles 0

Jure Košir (About this sound pronunciation ; born April 24, 1972 in Mojstrana) is a Slovenian former alpine skier.

Career[edit]

Košir's first international success was the title of the world junior champion in super G, won in Hemsedal in 1991. Later he focused in technical disciplines, esp. slalom and made quick progress, noticed also by his good friend, Italian champion Alberto Tomba. The first peak of his career was achieved in the season 1993/94 when he achieved the first World Cup victory for independent Slovenia, won the bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer and finished the season at the 3rd place of the World Cup slalom standings.

The next season, 1994/95, was successful as well. He couldn't beat Alberto Tomba but he won three World Cup medals: silver in giant slalom standings, bronze in slalom and overall standings.

The next few seasons were slightly less successful until he reached his second peak of his career in 1998/99 when he won two more slalom races (one of them was at his "home" resort in Kranjska Gora) and finished the season at the 2nd place of the World Cup slalom standings. After this season his career gradually went down so in 2005 he announced he would conclude his career after the 2005/06 season. He confirmed his retirement after the 2006 Winter Olympics when he was not chosen to compete in slalom.

Besides that he won additional 20 top 3 podiums, 18 of them at slalom.

Besides his achievements in sport, he has also engaged in musical activity in the mid-1990s, during the peak of his popularity. He recorded a few rap songs, one of them, "Včasih smučam hit, včasih pa počas" ("Sometimes I ski fast, sometimes I ski slowly"), being quite popular in Slovenia. He was also a member of a rap group, Pasji kartel ("Dog's cartel").

He officially ended his skiing career on March 25, 2006 with an event in Kranjska Gora including special skiing competition between ski legends (Bojan Križaj, Ingemar Stenmark, Boris Strel, Mateja Svet, Alberto Tomba and many others) and many music performances.

World Cup victories[edit]

Date Location Race
December 20, 1993 Italy Madonna di Campiglio Slalom
January 6, 1999 Slovenia Kranjska Gora Slalom
January 24, 1999 Austria Kitzbühel Slalom

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Franci Petek
Flagbearer for  Slovenia
Lillehammer 1994
Succeeded by
Primož Peterka