The most successful Olympic women's skier of all
February 19. 2006 - At 2006
Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Croatian ski champion Janica Kostelic has added another 2 medals to her
personal medals tally. In Salt Lake City, in 2002 Winter Olympics, Janica won 3 golds and 1 silver medal. With this
year's addition of another Olympic gold and silver, Janica has become the most successful Olympic women's alpine
skier of all times.
The other successful Olympic woman skiers were
Vreni Schneider (Switzerland) with 3 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze; Katja Seizinger (Germany) with 3 golds and 2
bronze; Deborah Compagnoni (Italy) with 3 golds and 1 silver; and Hanni Wenzel (Liechtenstein) with 2 golds, 1
silver and 1 bronze.
|Janica Kostelic skiing
successes have made ski sport popular
in Croatia, with Zagreb's "Snow Queen" becoming part of
the official Ski World Cup competition, held on Sljeme
Janica's personal Olympic tally now stands at 4
golds and 2 silver medals - more golds and more medals than any other women's Olympic skier. This is just the
latest example of her ability to overcome bad health, bad knees and bad weather. Janica's resilience is not
surprising when one recalls her early childhood training with her father and coach, Ante, and her brother Ivica in
foreign resorts, because of the war in Yugoslavia in the 90s. During those days they often slept in the car to save
money for their junior races.
Her stamina and success this year is even more
amazing, considering that Janica has participated this Winter season in nearly all of the races on the alpine
skiing calendar - a rare feat indeed, even for some of the men's skiers.
Janica's older brother, Ivica Kostelic has now
also become an Olympic medal winner, by winning the silver medal in men's combined a few days earlier, behind Ted
Ligety of the US who won the gold medal. This is Ivica's first Olympic medal.
Since her first World Cup appearance in 1998,
Janica has achieved a strong of successes, year after year. Here's the list of her skiing
- Janica's first appearance in the Ski World Cup was in Super G
in Cortina d'Ampezzo. As a 16-year old she also won 16th spot in Olympic combination in Nagano,
- Her first win in the Ski World Cup in combination in St.
season - Janica had two wins in the Ski World
- Janica won the Ski World Cup Crystal Globe and the Small
Crystal Globe in slalom.
- Janica won 3 gold medals - slalom, super G, combination - and
1 silver medal in super G, on Winter Olympics.
- Once again, Janica wins the Large Crystal Globe and the Small
Crystal Globe in slalom. She also won 2 gold medals, slalom and combination, in the World Cup.
- Missing the Ski World Cup season because of
- Great comeback, with Janica winning 3 gold medals - slalom,
combination, and downhill.
- Once again, Janica wins two Crystal Globes - the large one and
the small one for slalom. She also won gold medal on Winter Olympics in Torino - see above