Mirna Jukić

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Mirna Jukić
Mirna Jukic olympic medal 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mirna Jukić
Nationality  Austria
Born (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 (age 28)
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke

Mirna Jukić (born 9 April 1986) is a retired Austrian swimmer of Croatian origin who won a bronze medal in both short course and long course at the world championships in swimming. She is trained by her father Željko Jukić, a former basketball player. She has had numerous European and World championship successes.

Family[edit]

Jukić was born in Novi Sad (Serbia, then SFR Yugoslavia) and grew up in Vukovar, Croatia. In November 1991, the family moved to Zagreb, and her father started training her at Mladost in 1996. Her brother, Dinko Jukić, with whom she was trained early on, also became an international-level swimmer. In the autumn of 1999, the family moved to Vienna, Austria, and the same year Mirna became an Austrian citizen. Her brother became an Austrian citizen in 2000, while the parents remained Croatian citizens.[3]

Olympic career[edit]

At the 2008 Olympics Jukić garnered a bronze medal in the 100 m breaststroke (1:07.34); she also swam the 200 m breaststroke. At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships she won the bronze medal in the 200 meters breaststroke final with a time of 2:21.97.

Training[edit]

For the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, Jukić trained at The Race Club, a swimming club founded by Olympic swimmers Gary Hall, Jr. and his father, Gary Hall, Sr. The Race Club, originally known as "The World Team," was designed to serve as a training group for elite swimmers across the world in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. To be able to train with the Race Club, one must either have been ranked in the top 20 in the world the past 3 calendar years or top 3 in their nation in the past year. The Race Club included such well known swimmers as Roland Mark Schoeman, Mark Foster, Ryk Neethling, Ricardo Busquets and Therese Alshammar.[4]

Broadcasting[edit]

In January 2010, Mirna Jukić was the host of the Croatian team in Graz for the 2010 European Men's Handball Championship.[5]

See also[edit]

The Race Club

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Stephanie Graf
Austria Austrian Sportswoman of the year
2002
Succeeded by
Michaela Dorfmeister
Preceded by
Nicole Hosp
Austria Austrian Sportswoman of the year
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Andrea Fischbacher