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Natasa Janics

  • Sport: Olympic Canoeing
  • Nation: Hungary
  • Discipline: Flatwater women’s kayak (multiple events)
  • Notes: Born June 24, 1982. … Is a defending Olympic champion in two events, winning gold medals in the 500-meter flatwater solo and two-person kayak races at the Athens Games. … After winning the two-person event with former teammate Katalin Kovacs, she defeated eight-time Olympic gold medalist Birgit Fischer of Germany in the solo event. … Is also a 12-time gold medalist in seven different events at the world championships, most recently winning gold in the 200-meter solo kayak in 2007. … Won an astounding six gold medals in two- and four-person events at the 2006 worlds, accompanied each time by Kovacs. In their home country, the duo led Hungary to a sweep of all nine flatwater women’s kayak events. … Was named the 2004 Hungarian sportswoman of the year. … Was born in the former Yugoslavia and competed for Serbia and Montenegro before moving to Hungary. … Her father, the late Milan Janic, won a silver medal for Yugoslavia in the 1,000-meter solo kayak at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
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