Athletes Among Us
DARJAN PETRIČ, MSc
Darjan started swimming at the swimming pool in Kranj when he was eight years old. His talent, hard work, and rigorous training soon yielded outstanding results; he won the title of Yugoslav swimming champion 21 times. He participated in the Olympic Games in Moscow, Los Angeles, and Seoul; in 1982, he came third in the World Championship in Ecuador – he set a new national record in 1500m freestyle and held it until 2006. The same year, he received the most prestigious Slovenian Sports Award, the Bloudek Award for his achievements.
Sports enthusiasts will surely remember the exciting European Championship in Split, covered by the legendary sports commentator Mladen Delić, where Darjan won the bronze medal, and his brother Borut took first place.
After that, a successful academic path led Darjan Petrič to the world of business.
Alen Dimic became the third Slovenian gymnast to get an original skill named after him. The “Dimic” element on the parallel bars is attributed a difficulty of D in the Code of Points of the International Gymnastics Federation; it is a swing forward with a 3/4 turn and a hop to the opposite bar into a handstand on one bar, facing outwards.
He has achieved top rankings at World Cup events both on the parallel bars and the horizontal bar.