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We might be a small country with even less people, but if we are good at making something, it’s got to be world class athletes. Anže Kopitar is undoubtedly the greatest athlete coming from our little nation. Started to play ice hockey when he was of little age, he advanced quickly, moved to Sweden as a teenager and soon got drafted in NHL by LA Kings team. He immediately proved his worth and has since become one of the best NHL players with high praises from different ice hockey experts, Wayne Gretzky being one of them.

Anže’s view of the ice field is unlike any others and he finished this years play-offs as top scoring player with 26 points in 26 games. His statistic are at the bottom of this page.


One of the first to arrive to the ‘crime scene’ was one of Anže’s biggest fans from his hometown.

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Public revealing of Stanley’s Cup by Anže Kopitar of LA Kings brought thousands of fans to his home town Hrušica. Licence plates could be seen from all over Slovenia and also Italian, Croatian and Austrian ones – heck how many times does Stanley arrive to this part of Europe anyway?

Anyway a big CONGRATULATIONS to Anže Kopitar and his team LA KINGS for such an achievement and I wish to see this Cup again some day at Hrušica

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1st ride

Serious looks of the muddy track

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1st ride

Marianne Veenstra, Netherlands (8th place)

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Some photo moments from qualifying laps at “Stajersko-Primorski pokal” before the rain ruined the day.

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4. hokejski turnir Mlinskih kamnov


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Maribor MTB DH 4X training day

I had a chance to visit a training day (job and rain prevented the visit of weekend races) of this years Downhill and 4-Cross mountainbike races for UCI cup. Worlds best MTB racers gathered at Mariborsko Pohorje for one of the best races in the season and luckily the Friday was the only day that was mostly sunny.

Careful examination of other rider’s lines…

Gwin Aaron racing down the track

Training day offers some trailing action with a bigger number of racers on track

Samurai warrior Suemasa Mio looked a bit scarred on this corner; she finished 6th

Gee Atherton – finished 2nd on DH race while his sister Rachel won the women DH race

Infamous “Rocks’n’roll” part of the Maribor track – luckily this rider escaped unhurt

There were many photographers by the track evidently 😀

Gee jumping!

Searching for the optimum line between roots and rocks

High pitch for this rider