New Issue: Slovenia marks 2018 Winter Olympics

Pošta Slovenije, Slovenia’s national postal service, recently commemorated the 2018 Winter Olympics, which close today in South Korea, with a sheetlet of six multi-coloured stamps featuring ice hockey and alpine skiing.

Both designs are shown in silhouette form. It’s Slovenia’s eighth issue of sheetlet of stamps commemorating the Winter Olympics, which were held Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang.

2018 WINTER GAMES

This year’s Winter Games hosted about 6,500 athletes competing in 18 different disciplines, including ice hockey and alpine skiing. Slovene athletes competed in seven disciplines: Alpine skiing, biathlon, snowboarding, ice hockey, freestyle, ski jumping and cross-country skiing.

Altogether, the country’s athletes have won a total of 16 medals at Winter Olympics to date (beginning in 1992). This year, Slovenia took home one medal—a silver—after Jakov Fak placed second in the men’s 20-kilometre individual biathlon.

Slovenia’s biggest medal haul—eight—came at the last Winter Games in Sochi. Before that, there were three medals in both Lillehammer and Vancouver, and a single medal in Salt Lake City.

DOPING SCANDAL

Earlier in the tournament, Slovenia ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic accepted an anti-doping rule violation and was suspended from the Winter Olympics.

Jeglic, 29, tested positive for asthma medication fenoterol. He was the second athlete to be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was the third anti-doping case of this year’s Games.

Slovenia’s men’s hockey team was eliminated from the Games following a 2-1 overtime defeat by Norway on Feb. 20. The team had previously defeated the U.S. after rallying for a 3-2 comeback overtime victory in its first game. They also defeated the Slovakian team 3-2.

For more information about Slovenia’s new issues, visit posta.si or email info@posta.si.

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