Rok Petrovič

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Rok Petrovič
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Giant slalom, Slalom
Born (1966-02-05)February 5, 1966
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died September 16, 1993(1993-09-16) (aged 27)
World Cup debut December 10, 1984
Retired March 10, 1989
Olympics
Medals 0 (0 gold)
World Championships
Medals 0 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 5
Wins 5
Podiums 9
Overall titles 0
Discipline titles 1

Rok Petrovič About this sound listen  (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 graduated in 1991 and continued with post-graduate study. He was to defend his M.Sc. thesis in the autumn of 1993, but shortly before defending his thesis he took a short break at the Croatian island Korčula and drowned in a diving accident.

Altogether he won 5 World Cup races, all in slalom and all in his champion season in 1985-86:

World Cup victories[edit]

Overall[edit]

Season Discipline
1986 Slalom

Individual races[edit]

Date Location Race
December 1, 1985 Italy Sestriere Slalom
December 22, 1985 Slovenia Kranjska Gora Slalom
February 2, 1986 Switzerland Wengen Slalom
February 25, 1986 Norway Hafjell Slalom
March 11, 1986 United States Heavenly Valley Slalom
Awards
Preceded by
Dražen Petrović
Yugoslav Sportsman of the Year
1986
Succeeded by
Bojan Križaj