Ljubljana – Cross-country skier Anamarija Lampič, cyclist Primož Roglič and the men’s handball team are this year’s crème de la crème of Slovenian sports as selected by the Association of Sports Journalists. Both the athletes and the team received the top sports awards at the 2020 Athlete of the Year ceremony on Wednesday.
Lampič succeeded sport climber Janja Garnbret on the throne of Slovenia’s best female athlete. She ranked third in the World Cup sprint overall standings and was the winner of the points standings at the 2019-2020 Tour de Ski sprint race.
The 25-year-old got 81 out of a total of 115 votes.
Roglič defended his Vuelta a Espana title this year after his eleventh-hour defeat at the Tour de France where he finished second, conceding to fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogačar.
The 31-year-old became Slovenia’s top male athlete last year as well. This year he received 61 votes, pulling ahead of Pogačar by 18 votes.
Roglič kicked off and wrapped up the cycling season as the world number one ranked cyclist.
The Slovenian men’s handball team finished fourth at the 2020 European Men’s Handball Championship in January.
Last year, the award for the best national team went to the men’s volleyball team.
The best up-and-coming athlete is 21-year-old Kristjan Čeh. The discus thrower smashed a couple of records this year when major athletics events were cancelled due to Covid-19. He also holds the current European U23 record.
The awards were presented at a live ceremony broadcast by Televizija Slovenija and for the first time in history held without a live audience.