Most Successful Athletes and Teams

 

The Croatian Olympic Committee introduced annual awards for the most successful Croatian athletes and teams, and most successful promoters of Croatia in the world at the third anniversary celebration of the COC’s admission to the international Olympic family held in the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb on 17 January 1995. In that same year, that date was declared the Great Day of Croatian Sport. In 1999, the COC introduced the Most Successful Disabled Athlete Award, and in 2001, the Most Successful Coach Award, presented to the most successful among those who coach Croatian athletes.


The criteria for all the categories are top rankings at the Olympic Games, world and European championships and cups, high results achieved by athletes in younger age groups, and the contribution of athletes and other team members to the reputation of Croatia and Croatian sport in the world.

The Croatian Olympic Committee proclaimed discus thrower Sandra Perković and football player Luka Modrić the most successful athletes in 2018. The award for the best male team went to the Croatian national football team, while the award for the best female team went to the national karate team. The award for best relay teams, pairs or crew went to the rowers Martin and Valent Sinković. The award for the greatest promoter of Croatia in the world went to the Croatian national football team. Zlatko Dalić, national football team's coach, was proclaimed the most successful coach.

2016 was very successful for the Croatian sports. This is best illustrated by the fact that not even a gold Olympic medal was enough for the award at the traditional ceremony of the Croatian Olympic Committee - Great Day of Croatian Sports - event held at the end of each year, on the occasion of awarding the most successful athletes Rio 2016 has beaten all the previous records: the Croatian athletes have won a record ten medals - five gold, three silver and two bronze medals, while on the medal rankings Croatia has taken the sensationally high 17th place out of 207 countries, while in terms of number of gold medals won compared to its population, Croatia is third in the world!

Zagreb, December 21, 2015 – The pre-Olympic year 2015 has been extremely successful for the Croatian sports, even in these times of a difficult financial situation, but the Olympic year 2016 is preparing true challenges when the record of six medals won at the London Olympic will be tested.

Zagreb, 18 Decembar 2014. - At the end of each year, the Croatian Olympic Committee traditionally selects the most successful Croatian athletes. Just like the previous years, the successes and medals came all around the world, so it was not easy to select the best ones.

Most successful athletes Sandra Perkovic - athletics Ivica Kostelic - skiing, national karate women's team, national waterpolo team, men's quadruple scull, and most successful promoters of Croatia Domagoj Duvnjak, best world handball player, and most successful Coach Nikola Bralić

Zagreb, 27 December 2012 - Nothing can connect us that much like sports and sports achievements. Croatia is recognizable exactly by its male and female athletes, and it is up to us to keep it this way in the future as well – said the COC president Zlatko Matesa in the festive atmosphere of the Crystal ballroom of the hotel Westin where the “Great day of Croatian sports”,