Janica Kostelic is Women's Ski Champion from
FEBRUARY 2006 - Croatia's most successful sports
woman is the skiing champion Janica Kostelic. She's currently leading the Overall Women's Ski World Cup standing.
Her (and her brother Ivica's moderate) success is even more remarkable, considering that Croatia has no alpine
On the 5th February this year, Janica added
another gem to her string of successes: With the victory in the FIS World Cup Super G event, at the slalom
competition in Ofterschwang in Germany, Janica Kostelic became one of three skiers winning in all 5 alpine skiing
disciplines during the same winter.
remarkable success has won her numerous skiing trophies
Janica's winning comeback
Janica's winning return in 2005 is even more
impressive considering that she has already suffered a number of serious crashes during her career. In December
1999, during a training run at St Moritz, she damaged most of the ligaments in her right knee, requiring surgery in
Basel, Switzerland. She underwent another 3 surgeries in 2001 and suffered another crash in giant slalom later that
year. But nothing seems to stop Janica, who has learned to get up quickly each time she might
Her greatest achievement to date was in 2002
Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, when she won 3 gold medals and one silver. The gold medals were in slalom, giant
slalom, and combined, while the silver medal was won in super-G.
Janica's Ski World Cup medals
Janica's Ski World Cup winnings so far include
the overall winner in Ski World Cup 2001 and 2003, winning the large Crystal Cups. She also won the small Crystal
Cups in 2001 and 2003, as slalom winner.
On the Ski World Cup in San Anton in 2003, she
won 2 gold medals - in slalom and combined. Then in Ski World Cup 2005 she again won 3 gold medals: downhill,
slalom and combined.
Overall, Janica has so far won 24 times in Ski
World Cups: 17 times in slalom, 4 times in combined, once in giant slalom, once in downhill and once in super-G. It
seems certain that the 24-year-old Janica Kostelic will add more trophies to her already long list of impressive
achievements, ever since she had 3 victories on the Pinocchio Ski Trophy in the mid 1990s.
With the most recently won medals, Janica is now
only one medal short of being the best women's skier ever!
[More info is available at Janica's official
website - www.janica.hr]