Mihaela Kruljac

Further Personal Information
Residence
Osijek, CRO
Occupation
Athlete, Veterinarian
Languages
Croatian, English
Higher education
Agricultural Studies - University of Osijek: Croatia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting seriously in 2012.
Why this sport?
She practised judo for 16 years until age 22. During her judo career she used weightlifting as part of her training. "Weightlifting coach, Petar Bertagnin, made a bet with me that if I didn't win a judo match against him, I would try weightlifting at the national championships. After losing the match and bet I kept my promise and I have not looked back since."
Club / Team
KDU Osijek: Croatia
Name of coach
Boris Cavka [national], CRO
Training Regime
She trains three hours a day, six days a week.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her parents and brother. (agrokor.hr, 07 Mar 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it." (Instagram profile, 12 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Female Athlete of Year in Osijek, Croatia. (radio.hrt.hr, 24 Feb 2017)
Famous relatives
She represented Croatia in judo before switching to weightlifting. (glas-slavonije.hr, 07 Nov 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the Olympic Games. (agrokor.hr, 07 Mar 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She is a qualified veterinary technician and works on a farm. (agrokor.hr, 07 Mar 2017)

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