Natasa Dusev-Janics in 2012
|Birth name||Nataša Janić|
24 June 1982 |
Bačka Palanka, SFR Yugoslavia
|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.
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.
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. 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.
- Yugoslav Young Athlete of the Year: 2000
- Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Officer's Cross (2004)
- Hungarian kayaker of the Year (4): 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
- Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year (2) - votes of sports journalists: 2004, 2010
- Hungarian Athlete of the Year (1) - the National Sports Association (NSSZ) awards: 2004
- Person of the Year by Magyar Szó: 2004
- Member of the Hungarian team of year (with Katalin Kovács): 2005, 2006, 2010
- Príma Primissima award (2006)
- Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Commander's Cross (2008)
- Pro Universitate (2008)
- Order of Merit of Hungary – Commander's Cross with Star (2012)
- Canoe09.ca profile
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936–2007.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007.
- Sports-reference.com profile
| The Best Young Athlete of Yugoslavia
|Hungarian Sportswoman of The Year