Natasa Dusev-Janics

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Natasa Dusev-Janics
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Natasa Dusev-Janics in 2012
Personal information
Birth name Nataša Janić
Nationality Serbian, Hungarian
Born (1982-06-24) 24 June 1982 (age 35)
Bačka Palanka, SFR Yugoslavia
Sport Canoe sprint
Club Szegedi VSE (2001–2012)
Győri VSE (2013–)

Natasa Dusev-Janics (Serbian Latin: Nataša Dušev-Janić, Serbian Cyrillic: Наташа Душев-Јанић, Hungarian: Dusev-Janics Natasa; born 24 June 1982) is a Yugoslavian-born Hungarian 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 26 medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with 20 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, 2003, 2006; K-4 500 m: 2006, 2009, 2010; K-4 1000 m: 2003, 2006; K-1 200 m relay: 2013) and six silvers (K-1 500 m: 2010, K-1 4 x 200 m: 2009, 2010; K-2 200 m: 2015; K-2 500 m: 2013; 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.[3] 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.[4]


Orders and special awards
  • Ribbon Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Officer's Cross (2004)
  • Ribbon Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Commander's Cross (2008)
  • Ribbon Order of Merit of Hungary – Commander's Cross with Star (2012)


Preceded by
Lazar Lazarević
Serbia and Montenegro The Best Young Athlete of Yugoslavia
Succeeded by
Tomislav Tomović
Preceded by
Katalin Kovács
Katinka Hosszú
Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year
Succeeded by
Zsuzsanna Vörös
Tamara Csipes