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Janica Kostelić

Full name: Janica Kostelić
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: January 5, 1982 in Zagreb, Grad Zagreb, Croatia
Affiliations: SK Zagreb, Zagreb (CRO)
Country: CRO Croatia
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Sister of Ivica Kostelić.

Medals: 4 Gold, 2 Silver (6 Total)

Biography

When only 16 years old, Janica Kostelić competed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, with a best finish of 8th place in the alpine combined. Her skiing improved dramatically as she grew older and in 2000-2001 she won the overall World Cup title, which “stamped” her as a favorite going into the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics; so much so that she was made the first athlete to be featured on a Croatian postage stamp. Although much was expected of her in 2002, she exceeded expectations at Salt Lake City by winning three gold medals and adding a silver for her fourth medal. Her golds were in the slalom, giant slalom, and alpine combined, and she finished second in the Super-G. Kostelić became the first alpine skier, male or female, to win four medals at one Olympics, and the first woman to win three gold medals at the same Olympic Winter Games. As the 2002-2003 World Cup season is underway, she has resumed her winning ways, with four victories before the end of 2002. She is primarily a technical skier, although she does compete in some downhill races as well as the combined. In 2006 at Torino, defended her gold medal in the alpine combined and added a silver in the Super-G, making her the first female alpine skier to win six Olympic medals.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Croatia CRO 25
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Croatia CRO 26
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Croatia CRO 24
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Croatia CRO AC DNF
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Croatia CRO 8
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Croatia CRO 2 Silver
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Croatia CRO 1 Gold
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Croatia CRO 1 Gold
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Croatia CRO 1 Gold
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Croatia CRO 2 Silver
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Croatia CRO 4
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Croatia CRO 1 Gold

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 25 1:31.97

Women's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 26 1:19.77
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 2 1:13.64
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 2 1:32.74

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 24 2:59.39
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 1 25 1:23.45
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 2 22 1:35.94
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 1 2:30.01
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 1 1 1:16.00
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 2 1 1:14.01

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings AC DNF
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 1 AC DNF
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 1 1:46.10
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 1 1 52.14
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 2 5 53.96
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 4 1:29.94
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 1 5 43.07
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Run 2 4 46.87

Women's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 8 2:45.23
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Downhill 18 1:31.71
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom 9 1:13.52
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom Run 1 10 37.35
1998 Winter 16 Nagano Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom Run 2 9 36.17
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 1 2:43.28
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom Run 1 1 44.60
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom Run 2 1 42.68
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom 1 1:27.28
2002 Winter 20 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Croatia Downhill 3 1:16.00
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Final Standings 1 2:51.08
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom Run 1 2 38.65
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom Run 2 3 43.03
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Slalom 2 1:21.68
2006 Winter 24 Torino Alpine Skiing Croatia Downhill 1 1:29.40
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