Carlo Janka does his best Roger Federer at Beaver Creek

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 7, 2009 1:44 pm

It was a hat-trick weekend for Carlo Janka.  The 23-year-old Swiss racer swept all three races at Beaver Creek — super-combined, downhill, and the giant slalom.  That puts Janka in the same sentence with Hermann Maier, one of skiing’s all time greats who achieved the same feat on the Birds of Prey in 1999.  It also launches him into a Roger Federer orbit in their native Switzerland, where ski racing is just as popular as tennis.

“I was a big fan of Hermann when I was maybe 15, 16 years old,” Janka said. “He was a great man, he dominated the sport, a great champion. It’s nice to be a part of this, just amazing for me.”

The breakthrough in Beaver Creek was a harbor signal that the Carlo Janka ship has arrived.  Five podiums in six races is about as dominating as it gets.  Leaving North America and heading towards the meat of World Cup in Europe, Janka leads the overall World Cup standings with 460 points.  Didier Cuche is second with 355 points.

Prior to this season, Janka had only two victories on the World Cup tour.  In December of 2008, he won the giant slalom at Val D.  And in Wengen last January, he won the super combined.  In one short Beaver Creek weekend, he more than doubled his victories and made the entire men’s field take notice.  Right now, Janka is the man to beat.

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