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60 years of the Golden Fox

The Golden Fox competition attracts large crowds every year. The 60th Golden Fox will take place on 6 and 7 January 2024 and from now on will be officially held in Kranjska Gora.

Alpine skiing has a long and rich tradition in Slovenia. After all, the first skis in Central Europe were made here, in Slovenia. They were initially used for transport and only later for sports.

World Cup competitions were soon put on the FIS calendar. And as a result, January 2024 will mark 60 years since the first competition took place at Maribor Pohorje Hills. In the past sixty years, numerous marvellous and inspiring stories have been written. The Golden Fox competition was traditionally organised in Maribor, and it has recently been “officially” moved to Kranjska Gora. In recent years, Maribor experienced many organisational problems, as it lacked sufficient quantities of snow due to climate change and the temperatures were not low enough for artificial snowmaking.

In the six decades, the competition was held eleven times in Kranjska Gora, once in Sarajevo and once in Bad Gastein. The Golden Fox was the venue where giant slalom took place in two runs for the first time in the history of women’s Alpine skiing (1972). There are a number of stories referring to the competition and people involved in it.

The jubilee edition of this prestigious women’s Alpine skiing competition will be held between 6 and 7 January 2024. The best Alpine skiers in the world will race down the slopes of Vitranc in Kranjska Gora; in giant slalom on the first day and slalom on the second day. The organisers expect numerous spectators, who generate an exceptional atmosphere every year.

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Several Slovenian competitors will also be there. It is too early to give names, but in addition to young enthusiasts there will also be Slovenian national team representatives such as Ana Bucik, Andreja Slokar and Neja Dvornik, unfortunately local Meta Hrovat will not compete due to injury.

This edition of the competition will be entitled At Home in Slovenia. In addition to the most important sports competition of the season, the event is synonymous with great fun and is considered a skiing holiday. Many Slovenian sportswomen such as Mateja Svet, Nataša Bokal, Urška Hrovat and Tina Maze, who have stood on the podium of the Golden Fox, will be able to reminiscence about their victories. A wonderful skiing holiday is guaranteed.

Author: Polona Prešeren

Date: 5. January 2024

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