Zagreb, October 2, 2018 - Croatian Olympic hopes, aged 14 to 18, travelled with their coaches to the Olympic Youth Games in Buenos Aires (October 6- 18, 2018), by the afternoon flight from Zagreb via Paris.


Eighteen male and female representatives in nine individual sports disciplines and as many as that in team sports (two beach handball teams, 9 + 9) started their Olympic debut to the Argentine metropolis in a good mood and with optimism. Despite of being aware of the Croatian tradition of winning medals at the previous Youth Olympics, all of them but a few avoided imposed themselves any imperatives.
"We know our possibilities, we intend to beat all the competitors and win gold", said Borna Kolić.

Krešimir Ižaković, coach of our greatest aces for winning a medal – the rowers Lončarić brothers, was quite reserved in giving forecasts.
- Most importantly, the guys are healthy. What can they do in in an untypical rowing discipline of 500 meters, it's hard to say. I expect a good performance, because their characteristic is a quality start in a 2000 m classical race, which should also be visible in these sprint races...
In mid-September, young judoka Ana Viktorija Puljiz won European Junior silver, a week before she was presented the Dražen Petrović Award as the greatest Croatian Sports Hope and - in terms of expectations at the Youth Olympics - she has a clear ambition:
- With a good result I would round up a very successful year, I will do my best in Buenos Aires...
After Singapore 2010 and Chinese Nanjing in 2014, this is the third participation of Croatian sports hopes at the Youth Olympic Games. In the first edition of the YOG eight years ago, Croatia was represented by 25 young Olympians, who returned to Croatia with four medals (gold, silver and two bronze). Four years later - our 24 male and female athletes won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. (COC/vk)