Jan Hudec Jr. (born August 19, 1981) is a Czech-Canadian alpine ski racer who previously represented Canada until 2016 and specializes in the speed events of downhill and super-G. Beset by injuries for several seasons, he returned to World Cup form in 2012 at age 30 and gained his second victory. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Hudec won the bronze medal in the super-G at Rosa Khutor. It was the first Olympic medal for Canada in men's alpine skiing in 20 years.
|Club||Banff Alpine Racers|
|Born||August 19, 1981|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|World Cup debut||February 2, 2002 (age 20)|
|Teams||3 – (2010, 2014, 2018)|
|Medals||1 (0 gold)|
|Teams||5 – (2003, 2007–13, 2017)|
|Medals||1 (0 gold)|
|Seasons||12 – (2004–15)|
|Wins||2 – (2 DH)|
|Podiums||5 – (3 DH, 2 SG)|
|Overall titles||0 – (16th in 2012)|
|Discipline titles||0 – (6th in SG, 2012)|
Born in Šumperk, Czechoslovakia, Hudec defected in a homemade raft with his parents to West Germany while an infant. The family moved to Canada in 1986 and settled in Red Deer, Alberta, where Jan Sr. was a ski coach. In 1993 the Hudecs, now a family of four with younger brother Phil, moved to Banff where both parents worked at the Banff Mountain Ski Academy.
Hudec emerged as a World Cup downhiller in February 2007; he won the silver medal in downhill at the 2007 World Championships in Åre, Sweden, followed up with a fifth place at Garmisch, Germany. That November he won his first World Cup event, a downhill in Lake Louise, but suffered a season-ending knee injury while training in Switzerland two months later. In January 2009, Hudec had a comeback at the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, where he finished eighth, but three weeks later an injury at the 2009 World Championships downhill in Val-d'Isère, France, ended his 2009 season.
In the following two seasons, Hudec battled injuries and had just one top-ten result, a tenth-place finish in March 2011. His results improved significantly in the 2012 season, which included his second World Cup victory in February at the Kandahar downhill in Chamonix, France. Later that month he ascended his first World Cup super-G podium as the runner-up at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Hudec competed in several events, and was twentieth in the downhill. Hudec next competed in the super-G and won bronze, tied with Bode Miller. After the race he noted to local media that had buried a lucky loonie at the finish line of the race. Upon commenting he noted to CBC Sports that "Who cares if it helped. That loonie is worth more than a buck now, I can tell you that." The medal was the first for Canada in alpine skiing at the Olympics in twenty years.
In 2019, the native Welsh band 'Papur Wal' released a song commemorating Hudec's childhood and career. Called 'Yn Y Weriniaeth Tsiec' the song translates from Welsh to 'In The Czech Republic'. An upbeat indie classic, the song proved to be a hit in Wales especially among the indie music scene in the country which is spearheaded by the nations young people. Hudec was shown the song recently he described it as 'the best song I've ever heard' following on by thanking Papur Wal and expressing his love and gratitude to the Welsh people and Wales as a country.
World Cup resultsEdit
|2006||24||injured, out for season|
Top ten finishesEdit
|2005||Nov 27, 2004||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill||7th|
|2007||Feb 24, 2007||Garmisch, Germany||Downhill||5th|
|2008||Nov 24, 2007||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill||1st|
|Nov 25, 2007||Super-G||8th|
|Dec 3, 2007||Beaver Creek, USA||Super-G||9th|
|Dec 14, 2007||Val Gardena, Italy||Super-G||9th|
|Dec 29, 2007||Bormio, Italy||Downhill||3rd|
|2009||Jan 17, 2009||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill||8th|
|2011||Mar 11, 2011||Kvitfjell, Norway||Downhill||10th|
|2012||Nov 27, 2011||Lake Louise, Canada||Super-G||4th|
|Dec 16, 2011||Val Gardena, Italy||Super-G||10th|
|Jan 21, 2012||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||10th|
|Feb 3, 2012||Chamonix, France||Downhill||6th|
|Feb 4, 2012||Downhill||1st|
|Feb 24, 2012||Crans-Montana, Switzerland||Super-G||2nd|
|Feb 25, 2012||Super-G||5th|
|Mar 8, 2012||Kvitfjell, Norway||Super-G||6th|
|Mar 14, 2012||Schladming, Austria||Downhill||8th|
|2013||Dec 1, 2012||Beaver Creek, USA||Super-G||10th|
|Mar 2, 2013||Kvitfjell, Norway||Downhill||6th|
|2014||Dec 1, 2013||Lake Louise, Canada||Super-G||10th|
|Dec 6, 2013||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill||7th|
|Dec 20, 2013||Val Gardena, Italy||Super-G||2nd|
World Championship resultsEdit
Olympic results Edit
- Ng, Curtis (February 16, 2014). "Jan Hudec bronze snaps Canadian alpine medal drought". cbc.ca. Archived from the original on February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
- FIS Alpine.com – Five things you should know about Jan Hudec – February 8, 2012.
- janhudec.com – bio – accessed February 24, 2012.
- Ski Racing.com – Hudec leads 1–3–5 Canadian showing in Chamonix – February 4, 2012.
- Spencer, Donna (November 26, 2017). "Canadian-turned-Czech skier Jan Hudec not giving up on Olympic dream". The Canadian Press. CBC News.
- Jan Hudec at the International Ski Federation
- Jan Hudec World Cup standings at the International Ski Federation
- Jan Hudec at Ski-DB Alpine Ski Database
- Jan Hudec at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
- Official website
- Rossignol.com – team – alpine – Jan Hudec
- Alpine Canada.org – national ski team – athletes – Jan Hudec