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Another small nation wins a gold medal in a Olympic event!  Slovenia is a tiny slice of the former Yugoslavia which seceded peacefully in 1991 in spite of the effort of the larger nation to adopt the Lincoln solution:

Slovenia held a referendum in 1990, in which over 88% of voters backed independence. Independence was declared on 25 June 1991, and was followed by the ten-day war, which on the territory of Slovenia claimed tens of lives. The Yugoslav Army withdrew from Slovenia in October 1991. Several countries had recognised its independence by this stage, and the majority followed suit in 1992, when Slovenia joined the United Nations.

Also from their tourism website:

Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country.

Can I start a mission effort there?  I (and the family) almost went to what is now Slovenia in 1976 but that trip was delayed by events (Dad had to get permission for one thing) and we lost the chance to go again!

But that is not the only beauty in Slovenia:  Tina Maze, recording star, music video producer, model might indeed turn a few hearts at the Games.  Maze is now a gold medalist for her nation!  In the first tie in the downhill event she shared with a Swiss skier.  Here’s USA Today’s story. (You can find her music video at a link to the article!)

I was impressed at how important this is for a tiny nation like Slovenia:

Brane Dmitrovic knows how much it means to the country. He is press attaché of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia.

“This gold means everything to us,” Dmitrovic told USA TODAY Sports. “For the medal ceremony, life in Slovenia will stop for half an hour.”

The contrast to the sports imperialism of pro athletes is evident here too:

Maze made a brief introductory comment at the news conference for podium winners.

“Hello to everybody,” she said. “I think it was perfect day for me today. I came to the Olympics to win a gold, and today I achieved my goal. I can’t imagine anything better.”

Raise a glass of slivovitz. That’s the plum brandy much loved in Slovenia, though perhaps not so much loved today as history’s golden girl.

I am glad to offer a sweet tea toast to Slovenia, and Tina Maze and all the other underdog nations at the Olympics!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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