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Katja Koren

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKatja•Koren
Used nameKatja•Koren
Born6 August 1975 in Maribor (SLO)
Measurements170 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsSK Branik Maribor, Maribor (SLO)
NOC Slovenia

Biography

After two fairly undistinguished performances at the World Junior Championships, which yielded only a single top ten finish, Katja Koren had a spectacular début season at senior level. Skiing with bib number 64 in only her second World Cup race she took advantage of improving piste conditions at a time when the then current leader was already doing her post race victory interviews to a score a stunning victory in the super-giant slalom at Flachau in Austria. She continued this form into the Lillehammer Olympics, although not at super-G, but instead took bronze at the slalom despite never having posted a top 10 finish at the discipline in her brief career. Koren recorded five World Cup podium finishes but never won another race in a career that was ended at age of just 23 by a spinal injury.

Since her retirement she has become active in politics with the right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party and has stood for parliament.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1994 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) SLO Katja Koren
Downhill, Women (Olympic) 10
Super G, Women (Olympic) 7
Giant Slalom, Women (Olympic) AC
Slalom, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Combined, Women (Olympic) 6