Janica Kostelić


January 5, 1982
Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)

Known for

Olympic gold medal alpine skier

Janica Kostelic (born January 5, 1982) in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), is a retired Croatian alpine skiing World Cup racer who won four Olympic golds and two Olympic silver medals. Her career ended at the age of 25 in 2007 because a lot of skiing falls or injuries ruled her out of many World Cup races.

She is the youngest sister of Ivica Kostelić, who is also an alpine skier.


At the age of 16, Kostelic was the youngest alpine skier in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano; but she failed to win a medal there. She won two gold and a silver at Salt Lake in 2002 and the same again in Torino in 2006.

Ben and Toad's Contest

Kostelic competed on the sixth season of Ben and Toad's Contest, the season after her brother Ivica competed in. Her partner was Dmitry Chaplin. She was sent home in the first week of the competition; and finished last; making it the second consecutive time an athlete was sent home first from BATC.