Athens 2004 Olympic Games

The Games of the XXVII Olympiad, held in Athens from 13 to 29 august 2004,included 10,625 athletes (4,329 women and 6,296 men) from 201 NOCs. They competed in 301 events in 28 sports. 21,500 media members covered the Games. There were 45,000 volunteers.
Greek president Konstantinos Stephanopoulos officially opened the Games. Sailor Nikolaos Kaklamanakis lif the Olympic flame.Swimmer Zoi Dimoschaki took the Olympic Oath on behalf of the athletes and basketball referee Lazaros Voreadis on behalf of all officials. 81 Croatian athletes participated in the Games (of whom 15 women). They competed in 14 sports: athletics, boxing, weightlifting, sailing, kayak/canoe, equestrian, swimming, handball, table tennis, shooting, taekwondo, tennis, water polo and rowing.

Flag bearers: At the Opening Ceremony: Dubravko Šimenc

                    At the Closing Ceremony: Siniša Skelin

 

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  • Hrvatska rukometna reprezentacija (m)
    ( Ivano Balić, Davor Dominiković, Mirza Džomba, Slavko Goluža, Nikša Kaleb, Blaženko Lacković, Venio Losert, Valter Matošević, Petar Metličić, Vlado Šola, Denis Špoljarić, Goran Šprem, Igor Vori, Drago Vuković, Vedran Zrnić )
    1.mjesto   Sport: Rukomet   Natjecanje: OI Atena 2004.
  • Duje Draganja (50m slobodno)
    2.mjesto   Sport: Plivanje   Natjecanje: OI Atena 2004.
  • Siniša i Nikša Skelin (dvojac bez)
    2.mjesto   Sport: Veslanje   Natjecanje: OI Atena 2004.
  • Nikolaj Pešalov (do 69kg)
    3.mjesto   Sport: Dizanje utega   Natjecanje: OI Atena 2004.
  • Mario Ančić i Ivan Ljubičić (parovi)
    3.mjesto   Sport: Tenis   Natjecanje: OI Atena 2004.

GOLD: Men's handball team: Ivano Balić, Davor Dominković, Mirza Džomba, Slavko Goluža, Nikša Kaleb, Blaženko Lacković, Venio Losert, Valter Matošević, Petar Metličić, Vlado Šola, Denis Špoljarić, Goran Šprem, Igor Vori, Davor Vuković and Vedran Zrnić

Chef de Mission: Damir Šegota

Deputy Chef de Mission: Neven Šavora

Mission Members: Maja Gencel, Višnja Peran and Damir Tabaković (Press Attache)

Olympic Attache: Slavko Šimunović

Two Olympic cycles after Atlanta 1996, where gold medals glistened around their necks, the Croatian men's handball team repeated the success and brought the second gold medal back to independent Croatia. The following players led by coach Lino Červar climbed the top step of the podium in Athens: