Bojan Križaj

Bojan Križaj in Wengen
Bojan Križaj in Wengen

Bojan Križaj is a Slovenian Alpine skier, born on January 3rd 1957 in Kranj, to a famous skiing family from Tržič. His first skiing experience had been at the age of three. The breakthrough to the top in skiing started in the season 1967/77, when he won his first point for world cup in giant slalom. At that time the points were given only to first 15 skiers. In slalom his success followed, as he soon came into first ranking group. The following year, he already managed a large throw, as he stepped on the podium for the first time in Madonna di Campiglio. His first Slovenian win came on January 20th 1980 in Swiss Wengen, which in Slovenia had triggered genuine ski euphoria. In this time we witnessed the legendary fights between him and Sweden’s ace Ingemar Stenmark. On Olympic Games in Lake Placid in 1980 he missed the third place for only two hundredths of a second. He had more luck in the following year, 1982, in World Cup in slalom in Schladming, where he won the silver medal. On next Olympic Games, 1984, in Sarajevo he won 9th place. Due to injury, he missed the Olympic Games in 1988 in Calgary. He finished his carrier in grand style in season 1987/88 in Saalbachu, as he, just before the finish line, undid his skis and stepped into the finish arena.

His most successful season was 1986/87, when he won slalom crystal globe and with this he repeated the achievement of Rok Petrovič, who won it a year before. In seasons 1979/80 and 1985/86 he was second in overall sum slalom World Cup. In season 1980/81 he was third in overall sum in slalom. In season 1979/80 he achieved fourth place in overall sum of World Cup. In his carrier he won 8. times and stood on podium for 33 times in World Cup. Until today no Slovenian skier managed to repeat the number of podiums.

About Bojan Križaj also sings a song from band Lačni Franz, in vocal version from Zoran Predin, with titled White Symphony.


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