Zagreb, 10 June 2021 – The Croatian skier Zrinka Ljutić won third place in the selection of the 6th winter edition of the Piotr Nurowski Prize, presented to young male and female athletes of the Old Continent by the European Olympic Committees (EOCs). Biathlete Lena Repinc of Slovenia was awarded the first prize at a gala dinner in Athens during the 50th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOCs). She was born in Jesenice, Slovenia, in 2003 and started training biathlon at the age of 11, while also training the cross-country skiing.

Repinc thus celebrated over the Belgian snowboarder Evy Poppe, our own Zrinka Ljutić, Estonian freestyle skier Henry Sildaru and British freestyle skier Kirsty Muir.

Besides the Piotr Nurowski's Prize, Repinc won the top prize money of 15,000 EUR (as a scholarship to support the training process in the continuance of her career), runner-up Poppe 8,000 EUR, third-placed Ljutić 5,000 EUR, while fourth and fifth-placed Sildaru and Muir received 3,000 EUR each.

- When I was very young, I was very bad at sports and I never even dreamed of winning an award like this, but success is “only 10 percent talent and 90 percent hard work”. In the last couple of years, I trained really hard and sacrificed myself a lot to be where I am now, said the Slovenian.

The EOC Prize for young athletes was launched in 2011 and given in memory of the Polish Olympic Committee’s President Piotr Nurowski, who died in a plane crash in April 2010.
Two years ago, in the summer edition of the Prize, our swimmer Franko Grgić was second in this prestigious selection.

The Croatian Olympic Committee (NOC of Croatia) congratulates Zrinka Ljutić on her valuable recognition of the EOC, and the President of the NOC of Croatia Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Siniša Krajač did the same live in Athens.