Cortina d'Ampezzo, 16 February 2021 - In his debut performance at the FISI Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Croatia's best skier Filip Zubčić won a silver medal in Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom.

On his way to the winning pedestal Zubčić was better than Germany's Stefan Luitz, then in the quarterfinals he was better than American River Radamus and in the semifinals he was better than Switzerland's Loic Meillard. His winning series was interrupted in the final duel by the Frenchman Mathieu Faivre  with the advantage of  48-hundredths of a second The bronze went to Switzerland's Meillard who was better than German Alexander Schmid.

Filip Zubčić's silver is the 10th medal of Croatian skiing at the World Championships, and it is also the first medal after Ivica Kostelić's Combined silver in Schladming in 2013. Janica Kostelić has five gold medals in her collection (from 2003 and 2005), Ivica Kostelić - gold, silver and bronze (2003, 2011 and 2013), and Natko Zrnčić-Dim has one bronze medal (2009).

Croatian Olympic Committee’s President Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Josip Čop congratulated Filip Zubčić on winning the world silver:

Dear Filip,

With your first appearance at the World Championships, you have greatly cheered up all the sports fans in your homeland. By winning the silver medal in Cortina d'Ampezzo, you brought  Croatia back on the winning pedestals in the World Cup competitions and announced new great ranges of our skiing. On our own behalf and on behalf of the Croatian Olympic Family, we congratulate you on this great success, wishing you a lots of health and sports luck in the continuation of trophy series!