Sport

Up until state independence in 1991, Croatian sportsmen competed under a foreign flag, sharing the fate of their country. Finally on 8 February 1992, under their own flag, Croatian sportsmen were able to compete as a part of the small but independent Croatian Olympic delegation at the winter Olympic games in Albertville in France in 1992. In the analogy of the Olympics it will be remembered that one country received an invitation to compete at the Olympic Games only 20 days after it joined the IOC, and that the COC was accepted into IOC membership 4 months and 7 days after being founded.

The first appearance of Croatian sportsmen under the Croatian flag, which was led by the first President of the COC, Antun Vrdoljak today a member of the International Olympic Committee (since 1995), will have a special place in the history of Croatia at the Olympics.

At the Olympic games in Barcelona in 1992, Croatian sportsmen achieved a great Olympic and basketball victory by winning the silver medal after a unique final against the so-called 'Dream team', the professional USA representative side.

Goran Ivanišević and Goran Prpic added two bronze medals to Croatia's tally.

In Atlanta in 1996, the Croatian anthem was played for the victory of the men's handball team and Croatia's first gold medal at the Olympic Games.

The water-polo team returned from Atlanta with a silver medal. This series of successes for Croatian sportsmen was continued at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 with a gold medal for weight lifter Nikolaj Pešalov and a bronze for the men's rowing eight's.

At the winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002, Janica Kostelić, at the time with 12 victories in the skiing World Cup, won 3 gold and 1 silver medal in Alpine skiing. In the history of the winter Olympics since 1924, only two skiers have won three gold medals at the one Olympiad - Austrian Tony Sailer (1956) and Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy (1968).

In Athens in 2004, handball team won the gold medal, silver medals were won by Duje Draganja (swimming, 50m freestyle) and brothers Siniša and Nikša Skelin in rowing. Bronze medal was awarded to tennis players Mario Ančić and Ivan Ljubičić (doubles).

In Torino in 2006. Ivica Kostelić won the silver medal in combination. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Medals of Croatian Sportsmen

Gold Silver Bronze
Handball
(Atlanta 1996)
  1. Patrik Ćavar
  2. Slavko Goluža
  3. Božidar Jović
  4. Nenad Kljaić
  5. Venio Losert
  6. Valter Matošević
  7. Alvaro Načinović
  8. Goran Perkovac
  9. Iztok Puc
  10. Zlatko Saračević
  11. Irfan Smajlagić
  12. Bruno Gudelj
  13. Zoran Mikulić
  14. Vladimir Jelčić
  15. Valner Franković
  16. Vladimir Šujster

Weightlifting
(Sydney 2000)

  1. Nikolaj Pešalov

Alpine Skiing
(Salt Lake City 2002)

- combination

  1. Janica Kostelić
- slalom
  1. Janica Kostelić
- veleslalom
  1. Janica Kostelić

Alpine Skiing
(Torino 2006)

- combination

  1. Janica Kostelić 

Basketball
(Barcelona 1992)

  1. Vladan Alanović
  2. Franjo Arapović
  3. Danko Cvjetičanin
  4. Alan Gregov
  5. Arijan Komazec
  6. Toni Kukoč
  7. Aramis Naglić
  8. Velimir Perasović
  9. Dražen Petrović
  10. Dino Rađa
  11. Stojko Vranković
  12. Žan Tabak

Waterpolo
(Atlanta 1996)

  1. Maro Balić
  2. Perica Bukić
  3. Damir Glavan
  4. Igor Hinić
  5. Vjekoslav Kobešćak
  6. Joško Kreković
  7. Ognjen Kržić
  8. Dubravko Šimenc
  9. Siniša Školneković
  10. Ratko Štritof
  11. Renato Vrbičić
  12. Zdeslav Vrdoljak
  13. Tino Vegar

Alpine Skiing
(Torino 2006)

- combination
  1. Ivica Kostelić

- super G

  1. Janica Kostelić 

Tennis - singles
(Barcelona 1992)

  1. Goran Ivanišević

Tenis - couples
(Barcelona 1992)

  1. Goran Ivanišević
  2. Goran Prpić

Rowing
(Sydney 2000)

  1. Igor Francetić
  2. Tihomir Franković
  3. Tomislav Smoljanović
  4. Nikša Skelin
  5. Siniša Skelin
  6. Krešimir Čuljak
  7. Igor Boraska
  8. Branimir Vujević
  9. Silvio Petriško, kormilar

Alpine Skiing
(Salt Lake City 2002)

- superveleslalom

  1. Janica Kostelić