An Olympian in an Olympic year

You can read about what it is like to be a top athlete, an Olympian in an Olympic year and the holder of numerous important awards and medals in an interview with Tihomir Franković, Jamnica sales representative from Split sales center.

Tihomir is the one on the right

Tihomir, tell us a little about yourself.

I am 45 years old and living in Split, married with two children. My dougther is 11 and my son is 8 years old. I work in Jamnica as a sales representative, it will be full 15 years this May.

Before I started working in Jamnica, I’ve had a fifteen year sports career in rowing.

In what major competitions did you participate and what results did you achieve?

I have participated at the Olympic games twice, in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, six times at the World championships and two times at Mediterranean games, Langoudec-Roussilion 1993 and Bari 1997. Speaking of medals, I won the bronze in rowing eight in 2000 Sydney Olympic games, world gold in coxed pair in Indianapolis 1994, and silver and bronze at the Mediterranean games.

Such great success in sports surely comes with some awards. Tell us something about them.

I received the Franjo Bučar awards (the highest order Croatian annual medal for athletes) in 1994, 1998 and 2000. I was also declared the Best athlete in Croatia, as a team member in a selection by Sportske novosti daily sports newspapers and the Croatian Olympic committee in 1994 and 2000.

Tihomir is standing  2nd from the left

And what happened after your sports career was over?

After my career in sports ended I found a job in Jamnica in 2001. What I find remarkable and pleasing is that Jamnica already had advertising campaigns with athletes even back then. It was Janica and Ivica Kostelić with skiing, the Croatian national handball team and so on. Supporting sports is a nice story between athletes and Jamnica, a story that in my opinion should always exist and that I am very proud of. Jamnica supported athletes this year as well through cooperation with the Olympic committee and I am especially pleased that the support this year will go to the rowing team.

We would like to thank Tihomir for the interview and give him a special thank you for his contribution to Croatian sport.