Peter Kauzer is Slovenian sportsman of the year 2011.


Slovenian kayaker Peter Kauzer became the best Slovenian Athlete in 2011. Thanks to excellent results he achieved in the season 2011 he added this appreciated title to his title of best Paddler of the year he received few weeks ago. Best female Athlete of the year became alpine skier Tina Maze, while the best Slovenian team of the year is the Ski Jumping team.

28-year old Peter Kauzer won his second World title in 2011 which also ensured him a place at Olympic Games in London, he won the overall World Cup Standings as well and he became European Champion in team race together with Simon Brus and Jure Meglič. These results convinced Slovenian sport reporters to vote for him and award him with the title of best Slovenian Sportsman of the year 2011. He scored 287 points, while second placed athlete Primož Kozmus, who won bronze medal at World Championships in Daegu, received 186 points. Table tennis player Bojan Tokić who won two bronze medals at European Championships in Gdansk finished third in final standings (104 points).

In women’s competition alpine skier Tina Maze won the title of best Slovenian Sportswoman second time in a row. This was not surprising since she won gold and a silver medal at World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and also finished third in the World Cup Overall Standings, behind Maria Riesch and Lindsey Vonn. She received 368 points. Cross-country skier Petra Majdič who finished her very successful career in 2011 with a medal at the World Championships in Oslo and was winner in World Cup Overall Standings in sprint received 204 points and was second. Judoka Urška Žolnir who won bronze medals both at World Championship in Paris and at European Championships in Istanbul was third (72 points).

The best Slovenian team in 2011 is the Ski Jumping team. Robert Kranjec, Jurij Tepeš, Peter Prevc and Jernej Damjan won a bronze medal at World Championships in Holmenkollen, Oslo, even though they were not considered favourites for the medals. Football club Maribor finished second and Handball club Cimos Koper finished third.

From the explanation

– 1st Place: Peter Kauzer

28-year old whitewater kayaker Peter Kauzer completely justified his nickname Rocket from Hrastnik this season. He became world champion, won the overall World Cup title and won the European championships title in team race. At the World Championships in Bratislava other competitors watched him helplessly in the back, although he did not paddle thoughtlessly this time, but won with an elegant waltz danced on the Danube. In Čunovo, which he says it is his home course, because he competes there rather than in Tacen, he won another world title in his career – second one after 2009. The gold medal has already ensured him a place at Olympic Games in London.
An Olympic medal is the only missing it in his extensive collection. He announces that he is interested only in the title of Olympic champion. In all the great competitions in his career, Olympic Games, World and European Championships, he has already been burned once, which means he already used all the bonuses of misfortune.


Sportsman of the Year

Peter Kauzer (kayak canoe slalom) 287 points
Primož Kozmus (athletics) 186 points
Bojan Tokić (table tennis) 104 points
Anže Kopitar (ice hockey) 53 points
Rok Marguč (snowboarding) 46 points
Samir Handanović (football) 42 points
Peter Mankoč (swimming) 22 points
Mitja Petkovšek (gymnastics) 12 points
Rok Drakšič (judo) 7 points
Sašo Bertoncelj (gymnastics) 6 points
Tim Matavž (football) 4 points
Dejan Zavec (boxing) 3 points
Erazem Lorbek (basketball) 3 points
Rajmond Debevec (shooting) 3 points
Grega Bole (cycling) 2 points
Beno Udrih (basketball) 2 points
Davor Janžič (bowling) 1 point
Kristjan Koren (cycling) 1 point
Goran Dragič (basketball) 1 point

Sportswoman of the Year

Tina Maze (alpine skiing) 368 points
Petra Majdič (cross country skiing) 204 points
Urška Žolnir (judo) 72 points
Mina Markovič (sport climbing) 68 points
Katarina Srebotnik (tennis) 49 points
Polona Hercog (tennis) 16 points
Martina Ratej (athletics) 8 points
Lucija Polavder (judo) 4 points
Teja Gregorin (biathlon) 4 points
Anja Klinar (swimming) 4 points
Tanja Šmid (swimming) 3 points
Snežana Rodič (athletics) 1 point
Vesna Fabjan (cross country skiing) 1 point
Tjaša Šeme (rhythmic gymnastics) 1 point

Team of the Year

Ski Jumping Team 48 points
Football club Maribor 39 points
Handball club Cimos Koper 24 points
Basketball club Krka Novo mesto 17 points
Team in the sport climbing 2 points
Football team 1 point
Bowling team 1 point
Silverhawks (American football team) 1 point