Tine Mulej

Tine Mulej

 Dosežki

 Achievements

ZOI: 27. mesto (najboljša uvrstitev) WOG: 27th place (personal best)
SP: 23. mesto (najboljša uvrstitev) WC: 23rd place (personal best)
Kombinacija: 3. in 5. mesto Combination: 3rd and 5th place

Tine Mulej je bil eden izmed tistih športnikov, ki so mu leta druge svetovne vojne in razmere po njej krojile tekmovalno pot. Prve opaznejše dosežke je zmogel šele po vojni, ko je bil še nekaj časa v vojaški suknji, toda ko jo je zamenjal s tekmovalnim oblačilom, ga praktično ni več slekel. Svoje vrhunske rezultate je dosegel v zimi leta 1951, ko je bil med deseterico najbolj “vročih” smukačev na svetu s senzacionalnim tretjim mestom na Streifu, progi za smuk v Kitzbühlu, peti v Garmisch-Partenkirchnu, sedmi v Chamonixu, deveti v Cortini … Zato je nestrpno pričakoval svoje druge olimpijske igre leta 1952 v Oslu, a je njegove sanje razblinil padec. Konkurenčen bi utegnil biti tudi leta 1956 na igrah v Cortini, pa si jih je lahko ogledal le z mavcem na nogi. Pred tem je namreč grdo padel v Wengnu in tekmovalna pot se je za iskrivega Begunjčana, ki je lep del življenja preživel pod Zelenico, tekmoval pa za SK Prešeren iz Radovljice, počasi iztekla.

Tine Mulej was one of the athletes whose sporting career was derailed by World War II. His first major achievements came after the war while still serving in the army. When he finally exchanged the army uniform for a ski suit, he did not look back. Mulej’s best results came in 1951, when he was one of the top ten best downhillers in the world. Finishing 3rd on the Streif in Kitzbühl, 5th in Garmen-Partnekirchen, 7th in Chamonix and 9th in Cortina, he looked forward to competing in his second Olympic Games in Oslo in 1952. But his dreams were shattered by a fall which forced him out of the Games. The story repeated itself four years later, when he could only watch the Olympics in Cortina from an arm chair because of a broken leg. The feisty Begunje native suffered the injury in a nasty fall in Wengen, after which he would never return to his best.