PyeongChang, February 13, 2018 - The first Croatian representative in Luge at the Winter Olympics, Daria Obratov, took the 27th place in the overall Olympics’ ranking. After the first three runs, she failed to qualify for the last, fourth run, that is, the finals.


Croatia's luger was the slowest in the third run with 2.406 seconds behind the fastest Natalie Geisenberger from Germany.


- Altogether I'm satisfied, I did my best, even though my time was nothing spectacular even in the clean runs, the second and the third one. I'm glad to have shown that I can achieve a clean run and – given the conditions I am working in – entering the Top 20 would be equal to winning a medal - said the luger from Split.


Croatian Olympians in cross-country skiing Vedrana Malec, Gabrijela Skender and Edi Dadić failed to qualify for the quarterfinals in Sprint. Malec took the 64th and Skender the 65th place in the competition, while Dadić was 69th. Top 30 from the qualification round entered the quarterfinals. Concerning the female competition, there were 68 skiers at the start line of the qualification round and 27-year-old Malec and 18-year-old Skender managed to beat only the representatives of Bulgaria, South Korea and Iran. Malec was 46.02 seconds behind the fastest Stina Nilsson from Sweden, while the Olympic debutant Skender was 47.49 seconds behind the Swedish skier. Finland's Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, which was the last to qualify – by taking the 30th place - for the quarterfinals, was faster than Malec for 30.74 seconds and from Skender for 32.21 seconds. Concerning the male skiers, there were 80 competitors at the start line and 24-year-old Dadić from Ravna Gora managed to beat ten of them.


- It was my first appearance at the Olympics and I'm very happy because I exceeded my expectations. Hopefully, I will participate in as many races as possible by the end of the Olympics - said Skender, who was 47.49 seconds slower than the fastest, Sweden’s Nilsson.


Edi Dadić pulled out of Skiathlon race on Sunday after three-quarters of a track, the pain was stronger...


- After skiathlon and bad experience with cramps in my legs, I can say that I'm more or less pleased with my performance. Sprint classical is not the discipline I prefer, but I did my best. On Friday I will participate in Men's 15 km Freestyle and I hope that it will be my best race at these Olympics.


Wednesday's schedule foresees the participation of our skiers Leona Popović, Ida Štimac and Andrea Komšić (the first run at 10.15 a.m. in the Korean time) in Slalom, but skiing competitions in PyeongChang largely depend on the wind.

(coc/cna)