Peter Kauzer Voted 2011 Slovenian Sportsman of the Year
Slovenian kayaker Peter Kauzer was named the best Slovenian Athlete in 2011. This award was a result of the excellent results he achieved during the season.
The 28-year old Peter Kauzer nicknamed “the Rocket from Hrastnik” won his second Men's K1 World title in September at the 2011 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, which also ensured him a place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In addition the World title, Kauzer also won the overall ICF World Cup Standings and was European Champion in the team race together with Simon Brus and Jure Meglič. These results endeared him to the Slovenian sport reporters who voted for him to receive the award of Slovenian Sportsman of the year 2011. He scored 287 points, while second placed athlete Primož Kozmus, who won a Bronze medal at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu, received 186 points. Table tennis player Bojan Tokić who won two Bronze medals at the European Championships in Gdansk finished third in the final standings with 104 points.
An Olympic medal is the only mantle piece missing in the Slovenian’s extensive collection of medals, and he has made it clear that his number one goal is to secure the title of Olympic champion.
By Nina Jelenc