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Carlo Janka

Carlo Janka - Famous names

Swiss alpine ski racer Carlo Janka, aka 'Iceman', is most at home on the slopes of Lauberhorn. Born in the canton of Graubünden, he has been crowned Giant Slalom World Champion, Olympic Champion and 2009 / 2010 World Cup Overall Winner. The exceptionally talented sportsman is thus also worthy of his own ALLEGRA railcar.

Other than Dario Cologna, Carlo Janka is the only living being to have his own RhB railcar: in May 2010, ALLEGRA railcar 3503 was named 'Carlo Janka'.
Born and raised in Obersaxen, a linguistic enclave for Walliser German in an otherwise Romansh-speaking area, Carlo Janka was already skiing by the time he was a young boy. The Obersaxen Ski Club is where the talented skier met Pius Berni: his trainer and companion to this day. His family and friends have always been strong supporters of 'Jänks' – as his friends and fans call him. Realising his talent for winter sports early on, he competed in his first international FIS race at the tender age of 15 – achieving his first podium finishes just four years later. Janka finally had his World Cup breakthrough in the downhill at Lake Louise in 2008, finishing in a good second place. This was followed by a string of victories, before being crowned 'Skieur d’Or' in 2010. In addition to his world championship title in 2009 and Olympic victory in 2010, the Alpine ski racing ace can look back on 24 podium finishes in the World Cup, including 11 victories. The 2010/2011 season marked a turning point however: plagued by health problems, Janka was forced to keep taking a break and struggled to get back on form. But not once during this time did the ambitious skier ever think about giving up. In December 2013, he was able to reap the fruits of his labour at the Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek: entering the race ranked 68th, he ended up in sixth place – a minor sensation. This appeared to mark the beginning of a slow recovery: in February 2016, Janka went on to achieve his first victory in the World Cup Super-G, which bodes well for the World Ski Championships in St. Moritz this coming February ...