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Antonia Balek won two gold medals for Croatia in China
Antonia Balek two gold medals for Croatia at the 2008 Paraolympic Games in China. The first gold medal has been won in women's javelin, and the second in women's Shot Put, both with new world records. The competition was held in the National Stadium known as Bird's Nest in front of 85,000 spectators. Antonia survived  a deep coma which lasted for 3 years.

The Baska Glagolitic Path on the island of Krk, part 2
The Second International Workshop was devoted to the project of The Baška Glagolitic Path. It had participants from the Czech Republic, Austria and Croatia. Stone monuments have various cities as sponsor. For example, the stone representing the Glagolitic letter P is sponsored by Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. On the left is Erika Šimanić, Rijeka, carving the Glagolitic letter Ž.

Billy Kirchen and his musical "Mirrors of Desire" in New York on October 19th

Mirrors of Desire is a magical love story set to music and dance complete with a fairy godmother of sorts, angels, imps, and of course magic.. Preview of musical, "Mirrors of Desire" is on October 19th 2008 at the Richmond Shepard Theatre 309 East 26th Street, New Yok City, New York. 8 PM. American baritone, pianist, and composer Billy Kirchen is very proud of his Croatian roots.

Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic, part 3
 Little groups of people had been organizing the defense, and soon volunteers have joined. Graduates, peasants and shoemakers became warriors. Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic proceeds with its third episode on Croatian Television: 3. Yellow Ants and Desert Rats -  Friday 19.09.2008 20.10. On the left Blago Zadro, a legendary Croatian defender.

Cradle Of Football Is Not England, But Dalmatia!
In the 1st ct BC, young Illyrian Delmata tribe warriors, bided their time by passing each other a ball made from leather or bull hair. Sinj-based amateur archaeologist Josip Bepo Britvic dedicated his entire life to proving and providing evidence for this theory. Taking a walk in 1947, in hometown Sinj, he saw a rooted relief on a facade, showing a young man holding...a "football".

Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic, part 2
Please, do not miss to see Episode 2 of the serial Heroes of Vukovar by Eduard and Dominik Galić on Croatian TV, Friday 12. 09. 2008. at 20.10.  On the photo on the left is Marko Babić, a legendary Croatian defender.

Dino Dvornik 1964 - 2008
 Dino was full of life, each time I saw him, always showed a lot of respect, because among us who deeply love music there's no holding, there's no faking. We know who is good in few seconds. And Dino was very good. I always enjoyed your closeness, honesty and classy behavior. Elegant, eloquent, respectful, funny, intelligently inquisitive, witty and kind. Svježi vihor.

Spancirfest in Varazdin, a Baroque city in Croatia
 The Varaždin Špancirfest is a regular festival devoted to craftsmanship, music and entertainment by the end of August and beginning of September each year. This very pleasant manifestation visited by thousands of people. It is a paradise for children.

Croatian national costumes in Monostor on the left bank of Danube
 Monoštor is a village on the left bank of Danube, with majority of Croatian population. We present their very nice dresses and female slippers,  see on the left, as well as old photos of  tamburitza players. The photos have been sent to us by prof. Marija Šeremešić living in this village.

For retired coach Chuck Mrazovich, keeping fit's a slam dunk
At 84, Chuck Mrazovich has been aging well. The retired EKU basketball coach keeps himself fit and by staying active with multiple hobbies, like antiques, raising grandchildren designing furniture, playing the brac, eating well and working out.

Croatians in America - photo collection by Vladimir Novak, part 3
Mr. Vladimir Novak brings us a new series of exceptionally interesting photos related to life and work of Croatians in America, collected over several decades in the USA. As in previous two presentations,  much of this material is presented for the first time, exclusively for the readers of CROWN. On the left Marin Plestina, a famous wrestler.

Croatian Heroes: Heroes of Vukovar TV serial by Eduard & Dominik Galic
What about heroic 1991 resistance in Vukovar, which made Croatian state possible? What about men who destroyed those tanks and created the myth about Vukovar. Where are they? What are their names? What were they doing before the war? Who are they after all? And maybe the most important - how did they defeat the enemy so much stronger? In ten episodes.

Blanka Vlasic wins historic Olympic medal for Croatia at Beijing 2008

Then comes a small "poof" when Vlasic lands in the thick pad, the bar undisturbed. Seven times she did this Saturday night, the obediently motionless bar a little higher each time. The noise inhaled by the gasp of 91,000 fans. The high-jump contest was advertised as the showcase of a legend in this sport, Blanka Vlasic's 14-month winning streak at 38. A true pride of Croatia.

Marin Cilic beats Mardy Fish at Pilot Pen for first ATP victory

Marin Cilic of Croatia won his first ATP Tour event Saturday, beating American Mardy Fish 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at the Pilot Pen, a U.S. Open tuneup. Despite having the crowd against him, the 19-year-old Cilic broke the hard-serving Fish five times, three times in the final set, to secure the win in his first finals appearance.

Filip Ude won silver medal in pommel horse at 2008 Bejing Olympic Games
Filip Ude won the first Croatian medal in gymnastics at Olympic Games. He won silver medal in pommel horse at 2008 Bejing Olympic Games. This is a result of painstaking work, directed by the Russian trainer Igor Kriajimskij. Recently a top quality multipurpose gymnastic center has been opened in Nedelišće on the North of Croatia.

Veljko Rogosic first to swim from Europe to Africa via Sicilia in July 2008
Veljko Rogošić, one of the most famous longdistance swimmers in history, swam from the island of Sicilia to Tunisia at the age of 67! He is thus the first human being to be able to connect Europe and Africa along this way. It took him 50 hours. This is one of the greatest achievements of Croatian sport in history. He is swimming under the motto "With sport against drugs!"

Erik Margan an artistic scientist in search for invisible particles
Erik Margan is a specialist in electronics working in Slovenia, with roots from Croatia. He participates a particle physics experiment called ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. The ATLAS detector will search for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy.

106 Croatian sportswomen and sportsmen at the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games
Croatia sent the record number of 106 representatives to the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games. Some of them are planetary sport stars, like high-jumper Blanka Vlašić who up to now has an amazing series of 34 consecutive wins at international competitions. On the photo is a famous "Croatian worm" composed of CRO handball players, winners at the Olympics in Athens and Atlanta.

Croatian Heroes: Pavo Urban defended Dubrovnik with his camera
Pavo Urban was a young photographer. He lost his life in 1991 during Serbian and Montenegrin shelling and bombing of the city of Dubrovnik with his photo camera in hands. His last photos are taken literally a few seconds before his tragic death. His photos reveal subtle spirituality of a young soul. Great talent.

Croatian Heroes: Dubrovnik defenders in 1991

Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful mediaveal cities in the world. Its flag is unique by its inscritpion LIBERTAS, that is, Freedom. We want to remind the reader on the dramatic days in 1991 when the City was mercelesly bombed and shelled during the Serbian agression on Croatia. We also present the Memorial Room of Dubrovnik Defendres.

Marin Drzic 1508-1567 a famous Croatian Renaissance playwright

Marin Držić, a famous Croatian Renaissance playwright, was born five hundred years ago, in 1508. His native city of Dubrovnik and the whole of Croatia celebrate this year dedicated to his memory by a series of events and publications. Marin Držić is one of the pillars of Croatian literary tradition, preceding that of Shakespeare and Moliére by more than half a century.

2008 CABA Law Student Essay Competition
The Croatian American Bar Association will be holding a law student essay competition open to all currently enrolled law students worldwide and  must be an original, unpublished work.  There is a cash prize, and winners will be announced in Novermber 2008. The submission deadline is October 31, 2008.

Marko Vuketić, Burgendland Croat, Austrian ambassador in Ukraine
His Excellency Mr. Marko Vuketić was recently appointed as Austrian ambassador in Ukraine. He belongs to Croatian branch in Austria known under the name of Burgendland Croats, or Gradišćanski Hrvati, living there since the 16th century.

Ivo Karlovic beat Roger Federer at Cincinnati Masters 2008
Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player known as The King of Aces, beat Roger Federer at Cincinnati Masters 2008, scoring 21 aces. He has the most devastating serve in ATP history. He is the tallest player ever on the ATP Tour at 208 cm (6 ft 10 in). In 2007 he finished the year with 1,318 aces, second all-time behind Goran Ivanišević, who hit 1,477 in 1996.

Matica Iseljenika Newsletter Srpanj 2008
Misija Hrvatske matice iseljenika je ocuvanje i razvitak hrvatskoga kulturnoga identiteta, materinskoga jezika i obicaja Hrvata koji žive izvan maticne zemlje. Uz kulturne i društvene aktivnosti podupiremo projekte iz svih podrucja ljudske djelatnosti od gospodarstva do športa, koji doprinose afirmaciji hrvatskoga imena u svijetu.

Andrija Stampar, Croatian scientist, father of the World Health Organization
Andrija Štampar (1888-1958), Croatian scientist and professor at the University of Zagreb, is the father of the World Health Organization, founded 60 years ago. He introduced the public health service in China in 1930s, where he spent three years as a specialist and representative of the then League of Nations.

Charles Billich's Bing Ma Yong cycle of paintings in China
Inspired by the conviction that the Chinese Olympic Committee should adopt a traditional symbol as the official image of the 2008 Beijing Bid, Billich created the Bing Ma Yong cycle of paintings. Charles Billich is Croatian-Australian painter, born in Croatia, and official painter of the 2008 Olympiad in China.

Richard Horton's lecture in Zagreb
Richard Horton is editor in chief of The Lancet, one of the oldest and most influential medical journals in the world, issued in Great Britain. In May 2008 he delivered a lecture in Zagreb concerning the problems of scientific publishing. He stressed outstanding achievements of the Croatian Medical Journal and scientific legacy of professors Ana and Matko Marušić.

Marijan Busic - a Croatian visionary with The Cravat
 The name of Mr. Marijan Bušić, Zagreb, is with the unbreakable knot connected to one of the most original and the most attractive Croatian products and souvenirs worldwide, the indigenous Croatian invention - to the CRAVAT.

Ilija Veselica's photo view of Croatia

Ilija Veselica, born in the town of Sinj, Coratia, is a student of Computer Science at the University of Split. He offers us his poetic view to various parts of Croatia via his top quality photos.

Damir Bačić: Hrvatski glazbeni identitet - Discover the music of Croatia
Svaka prilika za predstavljanje hrvatske glazbe u svijetu odlična je prigoda i za promidžbu hrvatske kulture, gospodarstva, gastronomije i svih ostalih oblika turističke ponude. Ali i obratno, prepoznatljiva hrvatska glazbena baština uvijek bi trebala biti glazbena podloga predstavljanju bilo kojeg hrvatskog branda.

Stjepan Radić (1871-1928): The Russian branch of our Jelacic's
Stjepan Radić is one of the greatest Croatian personalities of the 20th century. We present his article dealing with a branch of the Croatian noble family of Jelačić in Russia and their contribution to the Russian culture. With this article we mark 80 years from his tragic destiny.

Nenad N. Bach in Lipik
 Dr. Marica Topić, director of the City Hospital of the town of Lipik, with Nenad N. Bach. We invite you to read about this Croatian town which was totally destroyed in 1991, visited by Nenad in June 2008. Lipik is famous for its Lipizzan horses, a part of which was returned home in 2007.

Cravat is a trademark of Croatia
Croatian soldiers gave the world something that is today unavoidable in fashion: the tie, called la cravate by the French and by the Germans die Krawatte - the expression was coined from the Croatian name, and mentioned for the first time in 1651. The name is in everyday use in many languages throughout the world.

International Conference in honour of Josip Pecaric in Trogir, Croatia
On the left you can see three mathematicians: professor Lars-Erik Persson, Sweden, academician Vladimir D. Stepanov, Russia, and academician Josip Pečarić, Croatia. An exceptionally successful international math conference was orgnaized in June in the town of Trogir, attended by 150 participants. Trogir is a part of World Cultural Heritage, protected by UNESCO.

Croatia - China then and now
On the left you can see a postage stamp issued in Zagreb with Croatian name written in Chinese, designed by Boris Ljubičić. Croatian Tales from Long Ago, written by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, have been published in China already in 1957. Dragutin Šurbek, a famous Croatian ping-pong player, was very popular in China, nicknamed there as Surbeka.

China Radio International in Croatian language on the WWW
The web site was solemnly opened by China Radio International during a nice ceremony held in Zagreb in July 2nd 2008. It was launched in the presence of Chinese ambassador in Croatia His Excellency Mr. Wu Lianqi and other distinguished guests. It represents the first web site in Croatian language in China.

U potrazi za domoljubljem - Anita Malenica

U Hrvatskoj je potrebno stvoriti prostor za nacionalni ponos - zavapio je kardinal Josip Bozanić. Tom rečenicom pogodio je u srce problema, i to vrlo jasno i precizno. Naši znanstvenici i intelektualni gastarbajteri obogatili su kulture i narode među koje su dolazili. Zašto onda u Hrvatskoj nema tog ponosa u kulturi, književnosti, glazbi, umjetnosti?

Korado Korlevic and Visnjan Astronomical Observatory in Croatia
Korado Korlević is Croatian astronomer of international reputation, infatigable promoter and popularizer of astronomy, especially among the young. He founded the Višnjan Observatory in the town of Višnjan in Istria, where he discovered more than 1,100 asteroids and three comets.

Wimbledon 2008 Intelligent Ancic beats Fernando Verdasco in thriller

The intelligent Croatian, who this time last year was so weak from the after effects of glandular fever that he could barely go for a walk without having to sleep for several hours afterwards, was stoic in his victory. The final set had extended 94 minutes and nerves were clearly at jangling point. However Ancic was sufficiently composed to club his 15th and final ace into quarterfinals.

Stjepan Hauser performed for Prince Charles at St James' Palace in London
Stjepan Hauser, a young and prosperous Croatian violoncellist, performed on 18th June 2008 with the Philharmonia Orchestra on Gala Ceremony at St. James' Palace, a Royal residence in London. The event was attended by Prince Charles. Stjepan recently performed at the Buckingham Palace on 23rd April 2008.

Croatia - Russia, historical and cultural relations
We indicated some very interesting facts that connect Croatia and Russia via history, culture and sports. For example, did you know that the earliest monument built in honour of the famous writer L.N. Tolstoy was erected not in Yasnaya Polyana, but in Croatia, on the island of Brac.

Thank You Croatia! Spasibo Horvatiya!
Amazing news: Russian web site invites all Russian fans to Say Thank You to Croatia!  or in Russian, Spasibo Horvatiya! Namely, Croatian 2007 win at Wembley in London over England opened the door for the Russian team to appear at the 2008 European Football Championship. Thousands of Russians of all ages responded to the invitation.

International Children's Festival in Šibenik
International Children's Festival in Šibenik, Croatia, promotes aesthetical education of children and young adults, and develops all artistic forms of children's creativity. The festival has the support of the UNICEF and UNESCO, as well as the permanent sponsorship of the President of Croatia. The first festival was held in 1958, ie 50 years ago.

Drazen Petrovic, a famous Croatian basketball player, left us 15 years ago
Dražen Petrović, a famous Croatian basketball player, died on June 1993, ie 15 years ago. With all the problems going on in Croatia back then, Dražen gave all of Croatia the joy of Basketball to alleviate their pains. His very nice monument can be seen in front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Miro Gavran's new premiere in Prague on July 7, 2008
Miro Gavran, the most successful contemporary Croatian playwright, has a new premiere in the city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, at STUDIO TWO Theatre on July 7, 2008. In his unusual text the three actors each play five roles in five different stories that are interwoven. Gavran's plays have been seen by more than two million theatre-goers on five continents.

Maxo Vanka, a famous Croatian painter
Maxo Vanka (Zagreb 1889 - Mexico 1963) created spectacular murals in the Croatian Catholic church of St. Nicholas in Pittsburgh, USA, in 1937. On each side of the altar are Croatian people, on the left from the Old World, and on the right from the New. Shooting of a feature film about Maxo Vanka is planned by Mladen Juran, Zagreb.

NFCA Needs Your Action
Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-CA) has just introduced H. Res. 1266 congratulating Croatia and Albania on their recent invitation to join NATO.  The NFCA needs you to contact your district U. S. Representative, especially if they are Members of the Croatian Caucus, and request that they support H. Res. 1266 by becoming a cosponsor of the bill.

Croatia defeats Germany 2-1 at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships

Croatia's Darijo Srna, left, celebrates with his teammate Danijel Pranjic after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Croatia and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

Ivana Zahirović, outstanding Croatian flutist, won the first prize in Italy
Ivana Zahirovic, outstanding Croatian flutist, has won the first prize at the 4th International Competition for woodwinds "AUDI Mozart 2008". The competition took place in Rovereto, Italy, from 9th to 24th May 2008.

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