Miroslav Cerar

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Miroslav Cerar
Miroslav Cerar 1964b.jpg
Miroslav Cerar at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1939-10-28) 28 October 1939 (age 79)
Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
ResidenceLjubljana, Slovenia
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Country Yugoslavia
SportArtistic gymnastics

Miroslav Cerar (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈmíːrɔslaw ˈtsɛ̀ːrar],[1] born 28 October 1939) was a Yugoslav gymnast and lawyer who won the pommel horse event at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics. He also won three world and nine European championships.[2]

Domestically, Cerar won 13 national titles and was chosen eight times as Yugoslavia’s Athlete of the Year. He was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver by the International Olympic Committee. He was member of the Slovenian Olympic Academy, the Fair Play Commission of the Slovenian Olympic Committee, and the Executive Committee of the European Fair Play Movement.[2]


Cerar was married to Zdenka Cerar (1941–2013), who was the first female State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovenia (1999–2004), Minister of Justice (2004) and Vice-President of the LDS. In her youth she was twice Youth Champion in gymnastics in Yugoslavia and a member of the Yugoslav team. After she ended her active career, she became a coach and referee.[3]

Cerar was a student of law and a lawyer for many years. His son Miro Cerar is also a lawyer, and a politician. Currently, he is Slovenia's prime minister and head of the SMC party.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1999 Cerar was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame,[5] and in 2011 into the Slovenian Athletes Hall of Fame[6]


  1. ^ "Slovenski pravopis 2001: Miroslav". "Slovenski pravopis 2001: Cerar".
  2. ^ a b Miroslav Cerar. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Umrla je Zdenka Cerar. Rtvslo.Si (29 August 2013). Retrieved on 2015-06-28.
  4. ^ INTERVJU – prof. dr. Miro Cerar. Student.si. Retrieved on 28 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Miroslav cerar". International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
  6. ^ V Hramu slavnih športnikov prva Štukelj in Cerar. dolenjskilist.si. 21 December 2011.
Preceded by
Radivoj Korać
Milan Galić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
1963, 1964
Succeeded by
Milan Galić
Branislav Lončar
Preceded by
Radivoj Korać
Branislav Lončar
Ivo Daneu
Yugoslav Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Branislav Lončar
Ivo Daneu
Mate Parlov
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Radovan Radović
Flagbearer for  Yugoslavia
Tokyo 1964
Succeeded by
Branislav Simić