Jaroslav Kovacic is a professional triathlete from Slovenia, the winner of Austria International long distance triathlon and Challenge Finland (both in 2016). His current best Ironman distance time is 8:12:24.

Club: Športno društvo Posavje
Country: Slovenia
Date of birth: 19.07.1984
E-mail: jaro.kovacic@gmail.com

Uni.dipl.prof. of Physical Education, Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana.
Graduated as a swimming coach in 2009.

  • Head coach of triathlon club SD Posavje (sd-posavje.si) with more than 80 members competing in running and triathlons
  • Former junior swimming coach (2 years, swimming club Celulozar Krsko)
  • Has worked as a sport education teacher for 4 years.
  • Served as a guide to blind triathlete (Alen Kobilica) and competed with him on world class level (paratriathlon world cups – triathlon.org/paratriathlon).

Jaroslav Kovačič for Sport Interview

Q: What sport accomplishment are you most proud of?

The best performance was this year’s Challenge Turku where I won the race with 3:48. Without any problems, with constant high pace and in wet conditions, I defeated some big names of triathlon.

Q: You recently finished 1th at Podersdorf race – how did the race go for you and did you expect this great result?

Yes. This race came into my schedule like last minute offer. Week before Podersdorf I canceled IM Vichy due to transport and health problems. I was flying in the water and on the bike that time but big question was my running shape. Since I returned from USA in April I could not run on 100%. My Achilles was killing me before, during and after each running session. Race went smoothly, no problems with more than 20 min advantage in the finish. Time was awesome; 8:12.24 is my PB so far.

Read the full interview here.

“With my background in competitive swimming, I have always been the group’s leader. This past year I have put a lot of hard work into cycling and improved the overall performance to the point where I have won Challenge Finland and Austria International long distance triathlon 2016. Few weeks later I set a personal best at Ironman distance with 8:12:24.”

Goal for 2016: To qualify for Ironman Hawaii in Kona.