Carlo Janka

Carlo Janka (born 15 October 1986 Obersaxen, Grisons ) is a Swiss ski racer. He belongs to the Swiss national team and is considered one of the best runners of the present. In 2009 he became world champion in giant slalom, 2010 Olympic champion in the same discipline. He also won the overall World Cup of the season 2009/10.

  • 2.1 The Olympic Games
  • 2.2 World Championships
  • 2.3 World Cup ratings
  • 2.4 World Cup wins
  • 2.5 Junior World Championships
  • 2.6 Further successes


Start of career

In the small community of Obersaxen the ski club has been doing the late 1990s, a personal trainer, which also had to work in unconventional Carlo Janka. About the race group and the Regional Group of the Grisons Surselva Ski Federation came into Janka squad of Swiss-Ski.

Janka played his first FIS race in December 2001. However, until four years later, he scored the first podium, albeit in four different disciplines. The first victory at this level, he realized in January 2005. European Cup he came in January 2004 on the use. At the Junior World Championships in 2006 at Mont Sainte -Anne in Quebec, he won the bronze medal in the giant slalom. In the 2006/07 season he took fourth place in the European Cup overall standings. A victory in a European Cup races so far failed to materialize; he drove a total of four times in second place.

On 21 December 2005 Janka debuted in the World Cup, but was eliminated in the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora in the first run. Almost a year later, on December 17, 2006, he won his first World Cup points as 20 of the giant slalom on the Gran Risa in Alta Badia. In February 2008, for the first time followed by a result in the top ten. Nevertheless, he made a surprise when he drove 29 November 2008 in the departure of Lake Louise with the high start number 65 on the second place and the victory just missed; it was only been his third World Cup race in the discipline this.

The fact that this success was no accident, he proved two weeks later, on December 13 in Val d'Isere, with his first World Cup victory in the giant slalom on the challenging slopes Face de Bellevarde. A month later, he won the super combined in Wengen.

Rise to world top

Before the 2009 World Championships in Val d'Isere Janka was already one of the most frequently mentioned favorites, especially since the race on the same runway took place as in his first World Cup victory. He won on February 7 in the downhill behind John Kucera and Didier Cuche the bronze medal. On February 13, followed the high point of his career, winning the World Championship title in the giant slalom, in which he referred Benjamin Raich and Ted Ligety on the courts. One week after the end of the World Cup, he secured a third place in Sestriere win the overall World Cup combination.

The preparation for the 2009/10 season was not as desired. An unidentified viral disease that tired him greatly, Janka forced a multi-week interruption of fitness training. Although the mold assembly was thereby greatly impaired, he achieved an optimal start to the season. In early December 2009, he won on the slopes Birds of Prey in the American Beaver Creek within three days three times in three different disciplines. Before him, this was just an athlete succeeded Jean -Claude Killy in the first World Cup season 1967. Janka took the lead in the overall standings, but suffered a setback in the following week, when he retired in Val d'Isere three times in a row. However, he managed to gradually catch up again to the leader Benjamin Raich. In mid-January 2010, he won the prestigious Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen; a race in which even the best drivers usually require a lot of experience for the first victory.

At the Olympic Winter Games 2010 Janka belonged in the disciplines of downhill and Super -G to the inner circle of favorites, but could not cope with the track in Whistler. In the super combined, he missed a medal in fourth just barely. Finally he could on February 23 in the fourth Olympic race, the giant slalom, winning the gold medal, ahead of the two Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal. Janka was before the World Cup finals in Garmisch -Partenkirchen in the overall standings behind Raich in second place, but sat uncatchable with one victory in the downhill and giant slalom at the top. Thus he became the first Swiss overall World Cup winner since Paul Accola in the 1991 / 92nd He is also the first ski racer Lasse Kjus since ( 1995/ 96) in one of the five discipline ratings decided without a win the overall World Cup for themselves. In 2010 he was honored by the International Association of Ski Journalists with the Skieur d'Or.

Health problems

The preparation for the 2010/11 season did not go as desired for Janka. In December 2010, Swiss-Ski announced that he was suffering from cardiac arrhythmia. This was a limitation of the maximum performance and recovery capability for consequence, so that he had to take several breaks during the racing season. So he renounced for example, on the downhill and the super-combined at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch -Partenkirchen. Nevertheless Janka get four podium finishes in the World Cup. On 23 February 2011 he underwent an operation were interrupted when the surplus, resulting from the viral disease conduction pathways in the heart. Ten days after surgery, at heart he won the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora.

In the season 2011/12 the virus and the associated problems were gone, yet Janka was unable to match the performance of the previous winter. This was due to chronic back problems, repeatedly forced him severely disabled and him racing breaks. There were also difficulties in coordinated materials. In seven races he drove into the Top 10, the best results were two fourth places in the giant slalom in Sölden and in the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen. Even worse was the season 2012/13. Janka never took the form of earlier years and only drove sporadically in the top 15, he scored the best result by far in the super combined in Wengen, where he finished third. At the World Championships in 2013 he renounced a start of the second run of the giant slalom due to Entkräftungserscheinungen. In early March he broke the season prematurely. Medical examination revealed no new findings, however, renewed heart rhythm disorders could be excluded.

Janka was now fallen far behind in the FIS points ranking in all disciplines, particularly in his former best discipline Giant Slalom, which is why he had to start at the beginning of the 2013/14 season with high starting numbers. Given these circumstances, therefore, surprising was the 6th place in the giant slalom in Beaver Creek on December 8, 2013, he scored with start number 68 ( the third last to driver -started ). Later in the season, he again scored five top- 10 finishes. His best result at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 was the 6th place in the downhill.


Olympic games

  • Vancouver 2010: 1 Giant Slalom, Super Combined 4, 8 Super -G, downhill 11
  • Sochi 2014: 6th exit, 8 Super Combined, Giant Slalom 13, 22, Super -G

World Championships

  • Val d'Isere 2009: 1st Giant Slalom, 3rd exit, 9 Super -G
  • Garmisch -Partenkirchen 2011: 7 Super -G, Giant Slalom 7
  • Schladming 2013: 8 Super Combined, Super G 19, 25, Super -G

World Cup ratings

  • Season 2008/ 09: 7 Overall World Cup, 1st Combined World Cup, 6 giant slalom World Cup
  • Season 2009/ 10: first overall World Cup, second giant slalom World Cup, 2nd downhill World Cup, 2nd Combined World Cup, 6 Super - G World Cup
  • Season 2010/ 11: 3 Overall World Cup giant slalom World Cup 5th, 6th Super - G World Cup, 6th Combined World Cup, 9th downhill World Cup
  • Season 2012/13: 4 Combined World Cup
  • 2013/14 season: 10 Combined World Cup

World Cup wins

20 podiums, 9 wins:

Junior World Championships

  • Bardonecchia 2005: 9 exit 16 Super -G, Slalom 22
  • Quebec 2006: 3 Giant Slalom, Super -G 7

Other successes

  • Military and Police World Cup 2008: 3rd giant slalom
  • 5 podiums in European Cup races
  • 7 wins in FIS races


  • 2010: Skieur d'Or


His coolness and composure in victories as well as his taciturnity Janka wore the nickname " Iceman " a. His second nickname is " Jänks ". Janka is a fan of English football and in particular of Manchester United. In addition, the multiple unit RhB ABe is 8/12 3503 the Rhaetian Railway marked with the name Janka.