Jure Franko

Jure Franko

 Dosežki

 Achievements

ZOI: 1 srebrna WOG: 1 silver

Jure Franko je leta 1984 na olimpijskih igrah v Sarajevu s srebrno veleslalomsko kolajno sklenil krog velikih uspehov prvega zlatega rodu, ki ga je poosebljal z Bojanom Križajem, Borisom Strelom, Jožetom Kuraltom in Rokom Petrovičem. V huronskem navijanju, pravi evforiji 40.000 gledalcev, je Primorec širokega nasmeha, igrivega in nagajivega značaja, polnega domislic, s kolajno 14. februarja dosanjal tudi šestdesetletni sen jugoslovanskih smučarjev vseh rodov. Tekmovalno kariero je zaključil že v naslednji sezoni, star 23 let. Kasneje je sicer smučal kot profesionalec v ZDA, vendar je profesionalno pot zaradi težav s poškodbo hrbta hitro končal. V svetovnem pokalu je bil Franko trikrat tretji, 23-krat pa se je uvrstil med deset najboljših. Srebro na Bjelašnici mu je prineslo slavo po vsem svetu, slavo junaka Sarajeva 1984 pa patina časa nikoli ni prekrila.

Jure Franko crowned a series of major achievements by the first Slovenian golden skiing generation, which also featured Bojan Križaj, Boris Strel, Jože Kuralt and Rok Petrovič, with a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. In front of a euphoric crowd of 40,000, the likeable skier from Postojna, who was known for his big smile, achieved what Yugoslav skiers had been dreaming about for six decades by winning a medal. Unfortunately, he would finish his career only a year later, at the age of 23. Trying to return to professional competition in the US, he was soon forced to call it quits due to a back injury. Franko took three 3rd places and had 23 top-10 finishes in the World Cup. The silver in Sarajevo brought him fame around the world, which has not faded with time.