The Vancouver Olympic Winter Games began on a somber note after the death of 21-year old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. The Croatian Olympic delegation also participated in them with 19 competitors, of whom 7 women. They competed in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon and four-man bobsleigh.
The Vancouver 2010 Games confirmed the endless assets of Croatian sport. First, 22-year old biathlete Jakov Fak won the bronze medal in the 10 km sprint. He covered the distance in 24:21.8 minutes and hit all 10 targets. It was Croatia's eighth Winter Olympic medal, the first in an event other than alpine skiing. On Sunday, 21 February, Ivica Kostelić – silver medallist from Torino 2006 – won the silver medal in the super combined, finishing 0.33 seconds behind the winner, Bode Miller of the USA. On the same day, Jakov Fak competed in the mass start event and finished an excellent 9th. On the day before last, 27 February, Ivica Kostelić won another silver medal – in the slalom. Excellent Giuliano Razzoli of Italy was 0.16 seconds faster. This was Ivica's second medal in Vancouver and third Olympic medal in his career. Croatia's four-man bobsleigh team, who finished 20th, included Ivan Šola (this was his third Olympic appearance), Slaven Krajačić (a track and field athlete, who had participated in the Sydney Games), Igor Marić and Mate Mezulić (this was their first Olympic appearance). Andras Haklits, a hammer thrower, who had participated in three Summer Olympic Games, was also there as a replacement athlete. The Croatian team completed all four runs without capsizing on the very risky track.