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(E) Swedesh organizer di not play the Croatian anthem
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/20/2006 | Media Watch | Unrated
(E) Swedesh organizer di not play the Croatian anthem


Kostelic's brother criticizes Swedish organizers

Kostelic breaks record

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - The brother of Janica Kostelic criticized Swedish organizers on Saturday for not playing the Croatian anthem after she won the slalom the day before.

"It really leaves a bitter taste. It is shameful," Ivica Kostelic told a Zagreb radio station.

Janica Kostelic - who clinched the World Cup overall title on Thursday with a fourth-placed finish in the final super-G - won the slalom on Friday in Are, Sweden.

On Saturday, Kostelic broke the record of former Swedish ski star Pernilla Wiberg for the number of points in a single season after she won the women's World Cup giant slalom finale.

"It says it all about that famous Scandinavian tradition" of equality, said Ivica Kostelic, who won silver in the men's combined at the Winter Olympics in Turin. "Are we really equal if our anthem was the only one not being played?"

Janica Kostelic has won six Olympic medals at Turin and Salt Lake, four of which are gold.


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