Nataša Dušev-Janić ( Serbian Cyrillic: , Наташа Душев-Јанић Hungarian: ; born June 24, 1982 in Dusev-Janics Natasa Bačka Palanka, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian sprint canoer who has competed for Hungary since 2001 and has won six Olympic medals in the sprint canoe events.
Early life [ edit ]
Natasa grew up in
Serbia and competed for FR Yugoslavia at the 2000 Summer Olympics before moving to Hungary. She is a daughter of Milan Janić (1957-2003), a Serbian canoer who won a silver medal for Yugoslavia in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Both her brothers, Mićo and Stjepan Janić, are canoers and have competed for Croatia since 2004. They took part in the 2008 Olympics, though Mićo was only nominated as a reserve. [1 ] [2 ]
Janics won two Olympic gold medals in the sprint canoe events at the
2004 Summer Olympics, another gold and silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and silver and bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She has also won 22 medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with 18 golds (K-1 200 m: 2007, 2009, 2010; K-2 200 m: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010; K-2 500 m: 2005, 2006; K-2 1000 m: 2005, 2006; K-4 200 m: 2002, 2006; K-4 500 m: 2006, 2009, 2010; K-4 1000 m: 2003, 2006) and four silvers (K-1 500 m: 2010, K-1 4 x 200 m: 2009, 2010; K-4 200 m: 2009).
She was elected Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year in 2004 and 2010. Together with
Katalin Kovács she earned the title Hungarian Sportsteam of the year in 2005, 2006 and 2010.
On 4 October 2012 it was revealed that she made a decision to return and compete under the flag of her native country, Serbia.
On 9 March 2013 she informed the Hungarian Canoe Federation in a letter about changing her mind and her wish to compete for Hungary during her professional career. [3 ] [4 ]
Awards and honours [ edit ]
List of awards [ edit ]
Orders and special awards [ edit ]
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Knight's Cross: 2004 Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Officer's Cross: 2008
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Commander's Cross with Star: 2012
References [ edit ]
1960: Soviet Union ( Mariya Shubina, Antonina Seredina)
1964: Germany ( Roswitha Esser, Annemarie Zimmermann)
1968: West Germany ( Roswitha Esser, Annemarie Zimmermann)
1972: Soviet Union ( Lyudmila Pinayeva, Kateryna Koryshko)
1976: Soviet Union ( Nina Gopova, Galina Kreft)
1980: East Germany ( Carsta Genäuß, Martina Bischof)
1984: Sweden ( Agneta Andersson, Anna Olsson)
1988: East Germany ( Birgit Fischer, Anke Nothnagel)
1992: Germany ( Ramona Portwich, Anke von Seck)
1996: Sweden ( Susanne Gunnarsson, Agneta Andersson)
2000: Germany ( Birgit Fischer, Katrin Wagner-Augustin)
2004 – 2008: Hungary ( Katalin Kovács, Nataša Janić)
2012: Germany ( Franziska Weber, Tina Dietze)