One of Canada's finest technical skiers, Janyk made history when he won bronze in slalom at the 2009 world championships. Since then, the Whistler, B.C., native and two-time Olympian has established himself as a force on the World Cup circuit. The younger brother of retired national team skier Britt Janyk is hoping to become the first Canadian man to win a slalom World Cup title. He is expected to be one of Canada’s leading lights in the men’s technical events at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
4th – Slalom – FIS World Cup – Wengen, SUI (2011)
3rd – Slalom - World Alpine Championships- Val d'Isere, FRA (2009)
2nd – Slalom – FIS World Cup – Beaver Creek, USA (2006)
World Cup rankings
North Vancouver, B.C.
|Ski club:||Whistler Mountain Ski Club|
Nicknames: Panic Janyk, Seagull. I’m loud and steal my teammates’ food!
First memory of skiing: Following my mom down Blackcomb Mountain.
Best moment in ski racing: My second-place finish in Beaver Creek, USA, where my mom, my sister, and more than a dozen of my friends were in the crowd.
What is your Olympic dream? To hear the national anthem playing and to see the Canadian flag rise. That would also involve winning gold.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? I’ll have to answer that after the Games.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? It depends on how I feel on that day. It could be Rise Against or some rap to fire me up, or something mellow like Ben Howard.
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? My Grandfather, because he was involved with skiing his whole life. He ski raced for the University of Zurich, pioneered the Rocky Mountains and Banff, Alta., area, was a coach and engineered and built the first double chairlifts in Canada on Grouse Mountain, B.C. It would be cool to have him go back to Europe – where he his love of skiing started – to see me compete over there on the World Cup circuit.
Hidden talent: I can pull a great espresso.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I would sit still and enjoy all that life has to offer.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I’m interested in putting on big events. I wouldn’t mind hanging with the guys who started the X Games.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: mountain biking, at the closest coffee shop, in the gym or on an airplane.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? In the winter Whistler has some of the best skiing in the world, and in the summer it has biking, hiking, lakes and warm weather. As a town it’s busy enough that there’s always something going on, but small enough so you really know your community and people who live there. It’s also only an hour from Vancouver!
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: A tie. Always gotta travel with a tie close at hand.
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: Italian pasta and tiramisu. I don’t eat that stuff at home, but when in Italy, it’s a must.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? A slalom on one of the local mountains in Vancouver, B.C. It would be amazing to bring the world to my hometown and showcase ski racing to Vancouverites again.
Where is your favourite place to race or train? I love to race in Adelboden, Switzerland. It has all the challenges that a World Cup slalom should have, and a little more. The terrain up top is non-stop, and it’s so cool coming over the last break onto the steepest pitch on the circuit, with a stadium of fans cheering at the bottom.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Presence.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? It would be where I am in Whistler, just a little bigger, and with a sister home on an island in the Bahamas. I love the mountains more than anything, but it’s always nice to get to the beach.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? Trevor Philp giving a speech at Trevor White’s retirement party. That kid has a velvet tongue.
Who is someone you admire in sport? I admire different athletes for different qualities. Ted Ligety for his consistency and ability to perform each and every race, and for his ability to live out his career as he believes is best for him. I admire Marcel Hirscher for how he goes full-out no matter what. I admire Lebron James for his professionalism, ability to perform under seemingly crazy pressure and his ambition. I admire Kelly Slater for his innovativeness and longevity at the top of his sport.
2nd – Slalom – Beaver Creek, USA (Dec. 2006)
Finishes in the top 10
10th – Slalom – Schladming, AUT (March 2012)
7th – Slalom – Adelboden, SUI (Jan. 2012)
5th – Slalom – Lenzerheide, SUI (March 2011)
5th – Slalom – Bansko, BUL (Feb. 2011)
4th – Slalom – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2011)
5th – Slalom – Adelboden, SUI (Jan. 2011)
5th – Slalom – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (March 2010)
10th – Slalom – Kranjska Gora, SLO (Jan. 2010)
5th – Slalom – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2010)
10th – Slalom – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2010)
6th – Slalom – Zagreb, CRO (Jan. 2010)
5th – Slalom – Alta Badia, ITA (Dec. 2009)
10th – Slalom – Schladming, AUT (Jan. 2009)
10th – Slalom – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2009)
8th – Slalom – Wengen, SUI (Jan. 2009)
10th – Slalom – Zagreb, CRO (Jan. 2009)
9th – Slalom – Lenzerheide, SUI (March 2007)
10th – Slalom – Kranjska Gora, SLO (March 2007)
4th – Slalom – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER (Feb. 2007)
9th – Slalom – Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 2007)
9th – Slalom – Adelboden, SUI (Jan. 2007)
7th – Slalom – Levi, FIN (Nov. 2006)
2014 Olympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
16th - Slalom
2010 Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, B.C.
13th – Slalom
26th – Super combined
2006 Olympic Winter Games – Turin, ITA
17th – Slalom
FIS World Ski Championships
14th - Slalom - Schladming, AUT (Feb. 2013)
3rd – Slalom – Val d’Isere, FRA (Feb. 2009)
32nd – Giant slalom – Val d’Isere, FRA (Feb. 2009)
6th – Slalom – Are, SWE (Feb. 2007)
22nd – Super combined – Are, SWE (Feb. 2007)
11th – Slalom – Bormio, ITA (Feb. 2005)