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Ivica Kostelić puts Croatia on the medal list

February 14, 2014

Ivica Kostelić, Sandro Viletta, and Christof, Innerhofer celebrate medaling at Sochi

Ivica Kostelić, Sandro Viletta, and Christof, Innerhofer celebrate medaling at Sochi

Photo: USAToday

 

They say in sports, “third time is a charm.” However, Croatia’s Ivica Kostelić came close to gold for a fourth time Friday in Sochi as he won his fourth Olympic silver medal, but said he had no regrets about never reaching the top step of the podium. The Zagreb born World Cup alpine ski racer became the second-oldest Alpine medalist of all time when he took second place behind Switzerland’s Sandro Viletta in the super combined. This was the the third consecutive Olympics in which he finished second in the event.

 

However, Ivica was nothing short of ecstatic after finishing second: “The Americans, they say the second one is the first loser. But I say this is not completely true. … Silver medal, of course I would have liked to have gold today. I had a good chance. It’s just there was this one guy who skied better” — and here he looked over at Viletta — “and one should not be unthankful for the silver. I could be anywhere, I could be in a hospital right now, too. I could be picking garbage in Calcutta, or dying of hunger in Africa. So anyone who complains about silver or bronze doesn’t have the right to do so. Gold is the ultimate aim for us, and for me as well, but I am happy with silver.”

 

 

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At 34, Kostelić is almost certainly at his last Olympics and he wasn’t shy in front of the camera:  “The Olympics are something special to me and to my family. I would also like to point out one thing. This is the 10th Olympic medal in my family. Janica has six and now I have four, and I am especially proud of that fact.”

 

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Kostelić also had some kind words for the host country and its people:  “Since I am Slavic, I understand parts of Russian language and maybe this whole culture is a little closer to me,” he said. “Maybe this sounds crazy, but Russia is a great nation. I know there is a lot of criticism over some stuff. But sometimes we shouldn’t compare the western way of thinking and the Russian way of thinking. Besides that, these Olympic Games are very good. We heard a lot about security is going to be very tough. But actually I hardly notice that it is tougher than Vancouver or Torino. The people are very friendly, and I think these Games so far have been good, a success.”

 

Ivica has one last shot at gold when he takes part in his preferred slalom event February 22. Bravo Ivica!

 

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Denis Svirčić
Posted By: Denis Svirčić 13 comments





  1. Denis Svirčić Denis Svirčić says:

    No shame in finishing second. Ivica has one more shot at gold. How sweet would that be to have Ivica listen to Lijepa naša while up on the podium for the first time in his career?

    Still, 4 silver medals! amazing.



  2. Ziva Istina says:

    Congrats to him.

    Because of the great career his sister had I don’t think he will ever be trully appreciated for his career. 4 fricken silver medals in his career is unreal. A bit of shame he doesn’t at least have one gold, but nothing to frown upon.

    Maybe he can get another medal next Saturday in the slalom to wrap up a great career. it will be tough, but not impossible.



  3. Poglavnik says:

    It’s gonna suck not having a Kostelic to cheer for at the next Olympics…
    Congratulations on a great career!





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