Janica Kostelic plans to compete in all five skiing disciplines
at the Winter Olympics
TURIN, Italy Feb 7, 2006 (AP)
The Croatian, who won three gold medals at the Salt Lake City Games four years ago, has battled bad knees throughout her career. But on Tuesday, her official Web site said "if Janica will be in optimal form â€¦ her competing in all those disciplines shouldn't be doubtful."
The site said Kostelic made the decision after consulting with her father and coach, Ante Kostelic, and national team director Vedran Pavlek.
Kostelic won the slalom, giant slalom and combined in Salt Lake City to become only the third Alpine skier to win three golds at a single games Toni Sailer in 1956 and Jean-Claude Killy in 1968 are the others.
This season on the World Cup tour, Kostelic became only the second woman to win five different disciplines in a season. She won the slalom Sunday in Ofterschwang, Germany, while fighting the flu.
Besides defending her golds in the slalom, giant slalom and combined, Kostelic will also compete in the super-G and downhill.
On the Net:
Janica Kostelic: http://www.janica.hr