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Natasa Douchev-Janics

Full name: Natasa Douchev-Janics
Other name(s): Nataša Janić, Наташа Јанић
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: June 24, 1982 in Bačka Palanka, Južna Bačka, Serbia
Affiliations: Szegedi VE/Démasz-Szeged
Country: SCG Serbia and Montenegro, HUN Hungary
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Daughter of Milan Janić; Sister of Stjepan Janić; Wife of Andrian Dushev.

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Nataša Janić was born to Serbian-Croatian parents, and her father Milan Janić won silver at the 1984 Olympics in kayak. She won her first medal at the 2000 European Junior Championships with gold in K-1 500. Her first Olympic participation in the same year, still only 18-years-old, ended with a fourth place in the K-1 500, as she represented Serbia and Montenegro. After changing her nationality to Hungary, and now competing under the name Natasa Janics, she won her first medals in 2002 with silver in K-4 200 at the European Championships and gold in the same event at the World Championships. After winning another gold medal at the 2003 Worlds (in K-4 1000) she paired with Katalin Kovács for the 2004 Olympics. After winning gold in the K-1 500 Janics also won gold with Kovács in the K-2 500 only one hour later.

At the next two World Championships Kovács and Janics won three gold medals in 2005 and six gold medals in 2006, all in K-2 or K-4 events. At the 2006 European Championships they also won six golds in K-2 and K-4 events, in the 200 m, 500 m, and 1000 m. They did not compete together at the 2007 Worlds but paired again for the 2008 Olympics. In Beijing they successfully defended their K-2 500 m title and were also members of the silver medal winning K-4 500 m team. At the following two Worlds Janics won three gold and two silver in 2009 and 2010. In total she has collected 18 gold and 4 silver medals at the World Championships and 15 gold and 4 silvers at the European Championships.

Janics married her long-time boyfriend Szilárd Csányi in September 2009 only to be divorced in 2010. In December 2010 she married Olympic bronze medalist Andrian Dushev. Janics did not compete in major events in 2011 due to pregnancy, and the couple named the girl Milana after Janics' father, who died in 2003.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Canoeing Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres Serbia and Montenegro SCG 4
2004 Summer 22 Athina Canoeing Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres Hungary HUN 1 Gold
2004 Summer 22 Athina Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Hungary HUN 1 Gold OB
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Hungary HUN 1 Gold
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Canoeing Women's Kayak Fours, 500 metres Hungary HUN 2 Silver
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Women's Kayak Singles, 200 metres Hungary HUN 3 Bronze
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres Hungary HUN 2 Silver

Women's Kayak Singles, 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Hungary Final Round Final A 3 45.128
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Hungary Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 Q 40.570
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Hungary Round One Heat One 1 Q 41.221

Women's Kayak Singles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T L
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Canoeing Serbia and Montenegro Final Round 4 2:16.506
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Canoeing Serbia and Montenegro Semi-Finals 2 QU 1:55.482
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Canoeing Serbia and Montenegro Round One Heat Two 5 QC 1:54.395
2004 Summer 22 Athina Canoeing Hungary Final Round 1 1:47.741 5
2004 Summer 22 Athina Canoeing Hungary Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:49.870 5

Women's Kayak Doubles, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date T L
2004 Summer 22 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN Katalin Kovács Final Round 2004-08-28 1:38.101 5
2004 Summer 22 Athina Canoeing Hungary HUN Katalin Kovács Round One Heat One 2004-08-24 1:38.606 5
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Katalin Kovács Final Round 2008-08-23 1:41.308 4
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Katalin Kovács Round One Heat Two 2008-08-19 1:42.162 5
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Katalin Kovács Final Round Final A 2012-08-08
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Katalin Kovács Semi-Finals Heat One 2012-08-07
2012 Summer 30 London Canoeing Hungary HUN Katalin Kovács Round One Heat Three 2012-08-07

Women's Kayak Fours, 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date T L
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Final Round 2008-08-22 1:32.971 4
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Canoeing Hungary HUN Round One Heat Two 2008-08-18 1:34.321 5
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