7 Dec 2009

Janka's great ski season continues

10:29 am on 7 December 2009

The Swiss skier Carlo Janka's magnificent season has continued, claiming his third World Cup win in as many days with victory in the giant slalom at Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Janka, now a heavy favourite for Olympic gold, won the super combined on Saturday and then yesterday's downhill and leads the men's overall World Cup standings after his latest triumph in a remarkable start to the season.

The 23-year-old Swiss now has five podiums, including three victories, from six starts this season and will be strongly fancied across the disciplines in the Vancouver Games in February.

Janka's Swiss all-rounder's hat-trick makes him the first skier to claim three World Cup victories, in different disciplines in consecutive days, at the same venue since Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy in Franconia in 1967.

Janka, who led after the first run, beat Austrian Benjamin Raich by 0.47 seconds with defending overall World Cup champion Aksel Lund Svindal third.

The Swiss's feat recalled the performance of Austrian Hermann Maier at Beaver Creek in 1999 when he won three times in four days.