I’m Blanka Vlašić, a former silver, bronze, and four-time World Champion in high jump competition. Although I’ve decided that my career had come to an end in 2020, and I have retired, my love of sports kept me in this profession. So I became vice-president of the Croatian Olympic Committee and a European Olympic Committee’s Sports Commission member. I used my years of experience to help and lead on the right path for the next generation of athletes.
How it all started
My career began with my first training when I was 13 years old, and when I turned 16 I went to my first Olympic Games in Sydney. After that, I achieved remarkable sports results, thus attracting lots of public attention. In my long career, I won two gold medals (Osaka 2007., Berlin 2009.) and two silver medals (Daegu 2011., Peking 2015.) in outdoor world champion championships. I also participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, where I won the silver medal, and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where I won the bronze medal, one of my last career achievements.
Also, I was named the best athlete of 2010 by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS).
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Ready for a change
I’ve been breathing and living sports since I was born. High jump became a part of me, and that’s how it always will be. Every former athlete knows career-ending is not easy. We leave behind incredible emotions, years of dedication, triumphs, and magnificent moments that words can’t describe. All these things, successes, and failures became a part of me, but I was ready for a new chapter!
MY MISSION TODAY
raise the bar for yourself
Since I have already achieved my sports goals, I now want to focus on helping others discover their potential as best as possible. However, to achieve its maximum potential, it is necessary to have a safe environment that fully supports you and offers you leadership and structure. That is why I always wanted to create a safe place where you can share your experiences, a place for every process you are going through, and where you can find and interact with those who are going through the same thing. Because I felt the weight of my career transition on my skin, I know how much this community can mean to others who found themselves in the same situation.