Nataša Urbančič

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 Achievements

OI: 6. mesto (1968), 5. mesto (1972) OG: 6th place (1968), 5th place (1972)
EP: 4. mesto (1969), 1 bronasta (1974) EC: 4th place (1969), 1 bronze (1974)

Ko je Nataša Urbančič zaradi poškodbe kolena pri prvem metu kopja na EP 1966 v Budimpešti staknila poškodbo in pri 21 letih prenehala trenirati, je kazalo, da je Slovenija izgubila eno izmed najbolj nadarjenih atletinj. Na srečo se je po dveh letih vrnila na stadione in se s 6. mestom sijajno izkazala na OI 1968 v Mehiki. Vrhunec je dosegla leta 1974 na EP v Rimu, kjer je osvojila bronasto kolajno. Jugoslovanski in slovenski rekord 62,12 m je držala kar 21 let, do leta 1995. Rekorde je izboljšala trinajstkrat. Razglasili so jo za jugoslovansko športnico leta 1974, kar šestkrat zapored, od 1969 do 1974, pa za najboljšo športnico Slovenije. Trikrat je bila balkanska prvakinja. Vrhunsko športno pot je sklenila pri 28 letih, pozneje pa je osvojila tudi 9 zlatih kolajn na SP za veterane.

When a 21-year-old Nataša Urbančič went down with a knee injury on her first throw of the 1966 European Championships in Budapest, it appeared that Slovenia had lost one if its most talented track and field athletes. Fortunately, Urbančič would make a return to competitions after a two-year recovery and immediately reassert herself by taking 6th place at the 1968 Olympics in Ciudad de Mexico. She would go on to continue her return to the top of the sports, culminating with a bronze medal at the 1974 European Championships in Rome. There she broke the Yugoslav and Slovenian record with a throw of 62.12 metres, a record that remained  for 21 years. Urbančič was selected the best female athlete in Yugoslavia that year, which coincided with her sixth consecutive selection as the best Slovenian female athlete. She won three Balkans championships before retiring at age 28. She continued to compete in the seniors’ competitions, winning 9 World Championship medal in the process.