Publish Date: 17.02.2017

Category: News from the University

The Slovenian University Sports Association competed at the 28th Winter Universiade in Kazakhstan held in the central Asian city of Almaty between 29 January and 9 February 2017. Among 56 participating states, our albeit numerically humble team achieved two silver wins to position Slovenia in 19th place.

The entire Slovenian University Sports Association team at the 28th Winter Universiade counted 13 athletes representing four Slovenian institutes of higher learning. Just over two thousand athletes from 56 countries gathered in Almaty to compete in 12 sports disciplines – with our athletes competing in five of the 12. The Slovenian University Sports Association counted the highest number of participants from the University of Ljubljana, with eight representatives. Three athletes joined from the University of Maribor and one athlete each from the University of Primorska and the DOBA independent institute of higher learning.

Students from the Russian Federation achieved the highest number of top place finishes, followed by students from Kazakhstan in second and students from South Korea in third place. From among the Slovenian sports athletes, alpine skier Desiree Ajlec of the University of Maribor shined most brightly as she blazed to an excellent second place finish in the Giant Slalom. The University of Ljubljana ski jumping team was just as successful in securing an outstanding second place finish in the men's K95 ski jumping competition. Adorned in silver were Anže Lavtižar, Andraž Modic and Aljaž Vodan.

You can read more about the participation of the Slovenian University Sports Association at the 28th Winter Universiade on the website of the Slovenian University Sports Association, www.susa.org. The participation of the Slovenian University Sports Association at the 28th Winter Universiade was made possible by: Slovenia's Sports Foundation, the Student Organization of Slovenia, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Ski Association of Slovenia and the Slovene Skating Union.

Photo by Marija Jozak.