|— Alpine ski racer —|
Janka in February 2009
|Disciplines||Downhill, Super G,
Giant Slalom, Slalom,
October 15, 1986 |
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|World Cup debut||December 21, 2005 (age 19)|
|Teams||1 - 2010|
|Medals||1 (1 gold)|
|Teams||3 - (2009–13)|
|Medals||2 (1 gold)|
|Seasons||7th - (2007–13)|
|Overall titles||1 - (2010)|
|Discipline titles||1 - (2009, SC)|
Carlo Janka (born October 15, 1986) is a champion alpine ski racer from Switzerland. Born in Obersaxen in the canton of Graubünden, he had the winter sports facilities right in front of his home. Janka has won gold medals at both the Winter Olympics and the World Championships, as well as one World Cup overall title and one discipline title.
In 2013, Janka set a World Cup speed record in the downhill part of the super combined event in Wengen, Switzerland. He reached a maximum speed of 158.77 km/h (98.66 mph) on the Haneggschuss, the fastest section of the classic Lauberhorn slope, on January 18.
Ski racing career
Janka competed in his first international FIS race in December 2001 at age 15. Not until four years later did he reach the podium, but success came in all four disciplines. Janka began racing on the Europa Cup circuit in January 2004. He earned his first two World Cup starts in December 2005, but did not finish either race. At the 2006 Junior World Championships in Mt. Ste. Anne, Quebec, Canada, he won the bronze medal in giant slalom, and he finished the 2007 season in fourth place in the overall Europa Cup standings.
Janka scored his first World Cup points in the giant slalom at Alta Badia, Italy, on December 17, 2006, finishing in 20th place. But his World Cup breakthrough began two years later, on November 29, 2008, when he came out of the 65th starting position to finish a surprising second place in the downhill at Lake Louise. Two weeks later, on December 13, he skied to his first World Cup victory in a giant slalom race at Val d'Isère, France, followed the next month by a victory in the Lauberhorn super-combined in Wengen. A month later, he won the gold medal in giant slalom and the bronze in downhill at the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isère.
On the weekend of December 4–6, 2009, Janka achieved a remarkable feat by winning the super-combined, downhill, and giant slalom on the challenging Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek, Colorado. Janka was the first skier to win three World Cup races in a single weekend since Hermann Maier at the same location ten years earlier on the 2000 World Cup tour. On the same weekend as Janka triumphed in Beaver Creek, Lindsey Vonn almost duplicated the feat on the women's tour at Lake Louise, winning two races and narrowly missing a third win. On January 16, 2010, Janka won the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen, the longest and fastest race on the World Cup tour, a day after nearly repeating his 2009 win in the super-combined by narrowly placing second behind Bode Miller.
At the World Cup finals in Garmisch, Germany, in March 2010, he became the fourth Swiss racer to win the World Cup overall title. He clinched the title by winning the downhill and giant slalom, which left his nearest opponent, Benjamin Raich, 106 points back with one race remaining, an insurmountable margin.
In October 2010, Janka was awarded the Skieur d'Or Award by members of the International Association of Ski Journalists for his performances during the previous season, thereby becoming the first Swiss male skier to receive the honour since Pirmin Zurbriggen won it back in 1990.
Following the 2011 World Championships, Janka underwent surgery due to increased symptoms from heart arrhythmias. A radio frequency catheter intervention was done on February 23, interrupting accessory electrical pathways to the heart. These unnecessary extra pathways had caused his heart rate to behave abnormally during exercise and stress, posing possibly severe risks. Janka recovered well from the catheterization and resumed training five days later, winning the giant slalom at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on March 5 for his sole victory of the 2011 season.
World Cup results
|2009||13 Dec 2008||Val d'Isère, France||Giant Slalom|
|16 Jan 2009||Wengen, Switzerland||Super Combined|
|2010||4 Dec 2009||Beaver Creek, USA||Super Combined|
|5 Dec 2009||Downhill|
|6 Dec 2009||Giant Slalom|
|16 Jan 2010||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill|
|10 Mar 2010||Garmisch, Germany||Downhill|
|12 Mar 2010||Giant Slalom|
|5 Mar 2011||Kranjska Gora, Slovenia||Giant Slalom|
- Skiing in Obersaxen, Switzerland
- "France's Alexis Pinturault wins super-combi event in Switzerland". CBC Sports. Associated Press. January 18, 2013.
- "Snow Kings Ski Site – Ski Racing – Skieur d'Or Award". Snowkings.co.uk. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- "Janka has surgery for heart problem". Ski Racing.com. March 1, 2011.
- Carlo Janka at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com – World Cup season standings – Carlo Janka
- Ski-db.com – results – Carlo Janka
- Atomic Skis – Carlo Janka
- Swiss Ski team – official site – (German)
- skionline.ch – Carlo Janka's blog – (German)
- Biography from Skionline.ch (German)