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) 24 April 1972 (age 46)
Jesenice, SFR Yugoslavia
World Cup debut 24 November 1991
Retired 25 March 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 24 April 1972) is a former Slovenian 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 25 March 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 results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
1992 19 112 42 49
1993 20 26 6 34
1994 21 15 3 23
1995 22 3 3 2
1996 23 13 5 17
1997 24 30 16 13
1998 25 21 8 19
1999 26 12 2 18
2000 27 31 10 41
2001 28 25 6
2002 29 43 13 42
2003 30 146 59
2004 31 83 33
2005 32 85 32
2006 33 123 52

Race podiums[edit]

  • 3 wins (3 SL)
  • 20 podiums (18 SL, 2 GS)
Season Date Location Discipline Position
1993 17 January 1993 Austria Lech, Austria Slalom 2nd
1994 28 November 1993 United States Park City, United States Slalom 2nd
5 December 1993 Canada Stoneham, Canada Slalom 3rd
20 December 1993 Italy Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom 1st
30 January 1994 France Chamonix, France Slalom 3rd
6 February 1994 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Slalom 3rd
1995 20 December 1994 Austria Lech, Austria Slalom 3rd
15 January 1995 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom 2nd
22 January 1995 Switzerland Wengen, Switzerland Slalom 3rd
4 February 1995 Switzerland Adelboden, Switzerland Giant slalom 2nd
20 February 1995 Japan Furano, Japan Giant slalom 2nd
1996 22 December 1995 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom 2nd
7 January 1996 Austria Flachau, Austria Slalom 3rd
14 January 1996 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom 3rd
10 March 1996 Norway Hafjell, Norway Slalom 3rd
1999 14 December 1998 Italy Sestriere, Italy Slalom 3rd
6 January 1999 Slovenia Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom 1st
24 January 1999 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom 1st
2001 21 January 2001 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom 2nd
18 February 2001 Japan Shigakogen, Japan Slalom 3rd

Olympic Games results[edit]

Season Age Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
1992 19 22 29 13
1994 21 3 23
1998 25 DNF1 5
2002 29 8 DNF2

World Championships results[edit]

Season Age Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
1996 23 DNF2 8
1997 24 12 DNF1
1999 26 10 19
2001 28 8
2003 30 did not compete
2005 32 DNF1

External links[edit]

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