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FIS Ski Federation

Croatian Olympic Comittee
San Sicario (ITA), 20.02.2006.
Sixth Olympic Medal for Janica Kostelic
Janica Kostelic stunned once more the ski world today in Sansicario in clinching an unexpected silver medal in the Super-G race won by Michaela Dorfmeister. The Croatian, who captured her sixth Olympic medal since 2002, only lost 27/100 of a second on the Austrian downhiller. It’s her second silver medal in Super-G – she already finished 2nd in that event at Salt Lake City.

She is now the most decorated female alpine ski racer at the Olympics – Germany Katja Seizinger and Italy’s Deborah Compagnoni are in 2nd place with five medals. In fact, so far, Janica has medalled in each of her last six Olympic races! She still has two chances to join Kjetil Aamodt who leads with a total of eight medals – but as she often said, Janica is not motivated by new records but by her deep love for the sport and her strong pleasure to ski.

The skier from Zagreb was beaming after the competition. “It’s a great performance for me, I have not been so consistent in that speciality in past season, it’s also difficult for me to predict a result in tat event, that’s why I’m happily surprised,” she said after the race. “I’m still not feeling too well, but better than a few days ago,” Janica added.

“I’m very happy to have won this medal. If the race would have been yesterday, I would not have entered it. So I can say that it’s worth a lot for me – as much as a gold medal.”

“This morning, I was seating in the gondola number 2 to go at the start of the race and I told myself it would be great to be 2nd today. It was a nice day for skiing and racing and I enjoying it a lot. The run was a lot of fun but I found out that I was pretty tired at the arrival. I needed ten minutes to recover my breath.”

“I dedicate this medal to everybody, to all the people of goodwill,” also said Janica who received her second medal at the finish area. “Now I’ll compete in my best two specialties, that’s why I have to go back and train for Wednesday’s race. There is no time for celebration right now.”

Janica remains focused.

In fact, Janica is already thinking about the rest of the season – the World Cup races after the Games. “I don’t wish to be involved in a great celebration party in Zagreb as I had in 2002, I want to remain focused on the remaining World Cup program,” she explained. “There are still a series of important races left – there is enough time to celebrate afterwards.”

The last speed event of these Olympics took place by perfect weather conditions in the middle of the afternoon. The sunshine and the warm temperatures made the course pretty slow and once more Janica’s serviceman did a great job with her skis. Thanks to her efficient equipment, she smoothly cruised down the easy course while other skiers struggled.

Interestingly enough, it was Janica in person who told Michaela Dorfmeister that she captured her second title within a week. The 2002 Overall World Cup champion didn’t see the timing board at the finish line so she didn’t immediately realized that she was once moir the fastest skier down the course.

It’s only Sunday evening that Janica felt ready to enter that race after having found back part of her form in taking a day-off while the other skiers were in Sansicario waiting to race in the Super-G which was cancelled at noon.

This newest success is not a total surprise for people who know how motivated but also how relaxed Janica can be at the start of major events. Nevertheless, it’s definitely a strong performance that she achieved once more.

Besides her wonderful win in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Janica only finished one Super-G on the podium since the 2002 Olympics – in Aspen, when she was 2nd in December 2002 in the race won by Germany’s Hilde Gerg! She was 4th in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the last Super-G prior to the Olympics and 15th in St Moritz!

On Wednesday, Janica will be fighting for another podium finish on the demanding GS slope in Sestriere which requests an outstanding physical form. It has not been used since the 1997 World Championships. The start is situated at 2,300 meters - quite a challenge for all the athletes.

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