On April 28, 2016, the Croatian Government appointed our most successful athlete Janica Kostelić Assistant Minister of Science, Education and Sports Predrag Šustar. Janica has thus inherited the position previously held by a double Olympic gold medalist (Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988), water polo player Tomislav Paškvalin.
With six Olympic medals, including four gold (three from WOG Salt Lake City 2002 and one from Turin 2006) and two silver (Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006) medals, five titles of the World Champion and three titles of the World Cup Champion, where she has won 30 times in all the disciplines and a number of other sports successes, Janica Kostelić is the most successful alpine skier in the Olympic history and absolutely the best Croatian athlete of all time.
For excellent results and contribution to the international reputation of the Croatian sports and Olympism, she has received many national and international awards, including the recognition of the International Olympic Committee and TV station Eurosport "Sport Star" in 2002, presented by the International Olympic Committee’s President at that time, Jacque Rogge. In 2006, she won the award “Sportswoman of the Year” by the Laureus Academy from Barcelona, an association consisting of 46 legendary sportsman and sportswomen, and in 2009, she received the International Award for Fair Play, the Fair Play Mecenate Award.
Six years in a row, from 2000 to 2006, the Croatian Olympic Committee proclaimed her the best Croatian athlete. Janica is also the winner of the State Award for Sports "Franjo Bučar" 2001, while the Republic of Croatia awarded her with the Order of Duke Branimir with Ribbon in 2002 and with the Order of the Croatian Interlace in 2006.