Spela Ponomarenko-Janic (SLO)

Spela Ponomarenko-Janic (SLO)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
02 October 1981
169 cm
65 kg
Marital status
Husband Stjepan Janic, son Adam
Koper, SLO
Armed Forces, Athlete
English, Italian, Slovene
Higher education
Administration Studies


General Interest

Reading, travelling, photography. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012; baku2015.com, 16 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol
Canoe sprint athlete Josefa Idem. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
She suffered from tendon inflammation in a finger on her left hand in 2011. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train hard, go fast and have fun." (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Athlete of the Year in Koper, Slovenia. (kajak-zveza.si, 05 Mar 2016)

She was named the 2013 and 2015 Female Paddler of the Year by the Canoe Federation of Slovenia. (sportscene.tv, 05 Dec 2013; kajak-zveza.si, 06 Nov 2015)

She was the flag bearer for Slovenia at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (siol.net, 22 Aug 2008)
Famous relatives
Her husband Stjepan Janic represented Croatia in canoe sprint at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Other information
She missed 20 months of competition after giving birth to her son Adam. Her last appearance before the birth was at the 2013 World Championships in Duisburg, Germany, in August 2013. She returned at the World Cup event in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal, in May 2015. (siol.net, 17 May 2015; siol.net, 15 May 2015)

International Debut

Competing for

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 12 at the KKK Zusterna club in Koper, Slovenia.
Club / Team
KKK Zusterna: Koper, SLO
Name of coach
Stjepan Janic [husband], CRO; Dejan Testen [national]
Training Regime
She paddles twice a day for a total of 30 kilometres.


Olympic GamesK1 200mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro16 August 20162016Women40.7694Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 500mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro18 August 20162016Women1:57.54110Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 200mEngland, London11 August 20122012Women44.95310Best result
Olympic GamesK1 500mEngland, London9 August 20122012Women1:53.71812
Olympic GamesK1 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Women1:52.3636Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Women42.23311
World ChampionshipsK1 500mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Women1:52.2456Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Women39.9513Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Women1:59.0714Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Women42.54613
World ChampionshipsK1 500mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Women1:49.16214
World ChampionshipsK1 200mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women41.6178Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women2:16.78532
World ChampionshipsK1 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women43.96210Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women1:53.8147Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Women41.2433Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Women1:51.47310Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mHungary, Szeged20 August 20062006Women40.9472Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 200mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Women43.5047Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mPortugal, Montemor-o-Velho16 June 20132013Women1:54.7135Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 200mCroatia, Zagreb24 June 20122012Women41.1647Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mCroatia, Zagreb24 June 20122012Women1:51.2523Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 200mSerbia, Belgrade19 June 20112011Women41.24810
European ChampionshipsK1 500mSerbia, Belgrade19 June 20112011Women1:52.86312
European ChampionshipsK1 200mSpain, Trasona4 July 20102010Women41.3496Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 200mGermany, Brandenburg26 June 20092009Women41.0943Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Brandenburg28 June 20092009Women1:54.1657Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mItaly, Milan18 May 20082008Women1:59.0497Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 200mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Women43.5214Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mSpain, Pontevedra1 July 20072007Women1:57.8806Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 200mCzech Republic, Racice9 July 20062006Women41.1336Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mCzech Republic, Racice9 July 20062006Women1:54.8308
European ChampionshipsK1 200mPoland, Poznan31 July 20052005Women42.9546Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan31 July 20052005Women1:54.9767Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 200mPoland, Poznan23 May 20042004Women42.8177Best result
European ChampionshipsK2 500mPoland, Poznan23 May 20042004Women1:50.1048
European ChampionshipsK2 1000mPoland, Poznan22 May 20042004Women3:49.5585Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Women3Latest resultBest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Women12
World CupIndividual Kayak1 September 20132013Women3Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20122012Women5Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Women18
World CupIndividual Kayak29 June 20082008Women12
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Women13
Olympic Qualification Tournament OceaniaK1 500mAustralia, Penrith16 March 20082008Women1:54.837