February 10, 2006

Kostelic cool before Turin

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's Janica Kostelic said on Friday
she was feeling no pressure before the Turin Winter Games,
where she will defend three gold medals in the women's Alpine

"There is no big difference between these Games and the
last ones. The Olympic Games are the most important event for
every athlete, but I also think we shouldn't raise too much
fuss about it," the 25-year-old told a news conference at
Zagreb airport before departing for Turin.

Kostelic's three golds and a silver in Salt Lake City made
her the most successful Alpine skier in history at a single

"It would be silly to say I don't expect anything, as I'm
doing quite well in the World Cup this year, but I really
couldn't say. Of course, I wish for the best, everyone comes to
the Olympics wanting a medal," she said.

Kostelic leads the overall World Cup standings and will
compete at all five events in Turin.

"So far I don't feel any pressure, it feels quite nice.
We'll see if it changes when I get there," said the Croatian,
who has battled injuries and health problems through her

Sporting a splint on her right hand, where she had been hit
by a gate at an earlier World Cup race, Kostelic said her
health was good now.

"The health is OK. This thing on the hand is nothing
serious, just a reminder from a previous race."