Janka confident before Val d'Isere
Alpine skier Carlo Janka was confident Thursday that he could continue his success on the Face de Bellevarde piste.Val d’Isere -- Swiss skier Carlo Janka was confident Thursday that he could reproduce his stunning early season form on the Face de Bellevarde piste here.
Janka arrived in Val d'Isere following a triple success in Beaver Creek earlier in December where he won the giant slalom, downhill and super-combined, a feat last achieved by Austrian great Hermann Maier in 1999.
The World Cup events here begin with the super-combined on Friday, followed by a Super-G on Saturday and giant slalom on Sunday, all to be raced on the Face where Janka won giant slalom gold and downhill bronze at the worlds in February.
Janka, 23, downplayed fears of fatigue or jet lag from the trip back to Europe from the United States, saying, "I have a great feeling coming back to Val d'Isere. I had a great win here and hopefully more will follow.
"It's always difficult with the jet lag, but I feel really good.
"It's a very fast slope, but it corresponds to my technical potential. It's something I can win on," he said of the Face, renowned as a technically demanding piste and certainly one of the toughest on the circuit.
"You have to have a certain respect for the slope but the most important factor is to give it your all."
Janka, who heads the World Cup overall standings from teammate Didier Cuche, said he had no plan in place ahead of February's Vancouver Winter Olympics.
"I have no strategy in particular. I'll just ski as well as I can and we'll see how it pans out," he said.
Janka, the reigning World Cup giant slalom champion in Val d'Isere after his 2008 victory, acknowledged that the 2008 season was a turning point in his career.
"Last year, I found my place among the best racers on the circuit. The fact I could do that gave me confidence to keep pushing myself."
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