Mitja Kunc

Mitja Kunc ( born November 12, 1971 in Črna na Koroškem ) is a former Slovenian skier. He was specialized in the technical disciplines slalom and giant slalom, won in the course of his career, a World Cup race and landed five more times in the top three. At the World Championships 2001 he won the bronze medal in the slalom.


The trained policeman Kunc won in January 1990 in the giant slalom in Veysonnaz his first points in the World Cup. The breakthrough world leaders succeeded the mid-1990s, when he reached a few second places in the Giant Slalom. In 1994 he was. At the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer Fourth, only nine hundredths of a second behind his teammate Jure Košir In the combination, he was seventh.

His athletic development was then stopped by injuries. It was not until the late 1990s, he was able to continue as a slalom skier back to its previous successes. On 27 February 2000, he won the slalom by Yongpyong the only World Cup race of his career. In the 2001 World Ski Championships in St. Anton, he won the bronze medal in the slalom. During the 2001/ 02 season, still followed by some top results. He was then but again stopped by injuries.

Kunc ended his active career on 27 February 2005. Their slalom in Kranjska Gora home he went as a precursor to the start. Located in the running, he stopped and said goodbye to his coach Janez Šmitek. Before the finish line he stopped a second time and his teammates carried him into the target area.

Sporting successes

Olympic Winter Games

  • 1992 Albertville: 23 Giant Slalom, Super -G 27
  • Lillehammer 1994: 4th Slalom, Giant Slalom 14, 28, Super -G
  • Nagano 1998: 18 Giant Slalom
  • Salt Lake City 2002: 28 Giant Slalom

World Championships

  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991 6 Giant Slalom
  • Morioka Shizukuishi - 1993: 17 Giant Slalom
  • Sierra Nevada 1996: 5 combination, slalom 14, 14, Giant Slalom, Super-G, 36, 43 departure
  • Vail / Beaver Creek 1999: 15 Slalom
  • St. Anton 2001: 3 Slalom, Giant Slalom 15

Junior World Championships

  • Aleyska 1989: 11 Giant Slalom, Super -G 16
  • Zinal 1990: 3 Giant Slalom, 7 Downhill, Slalom 10

World Cup

  • 1999/2000 season: 8 Giant Slalom rating
  • Season 2000/2001: 9 slalom rating
  • Season 2001/2002: 4 slalom rating
  • 6 podiums, including one victory:

Slovenian Championships

Kunc won eight Slovenian championship:

  • 3x giant slalom (1992, 1993, 1996 )
  • 3x slalom (1993, 2003, 2004)
  • 2x combination (1993, 1996)