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Athlete Biography

Dual Olympian Jana Pittman competed in Athletics at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Her best individual Olympic result was a fifth placing in the 400m hurdles in 2004. This was despite suffering a tear in her right knee during a warm up immediately preceding the Games. Injury prevented Pittman from qualifying for both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2003 at the Paris World Championships, Pittman clocked a personal best time of 53.22 in the 400m hurdles to win gold, becoming the youngest 400m hurdles World Champion in history (male or female) at the time. At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, Pittman claimed her second world crown in the 400m hurdles. This was just months after giving birth to her son Cornelius.

After retiring from track and field in 2012, Pittman tried Rowing and Boxing before deciding to concentrate on the sport of Bobsleigh. Pittman partnered with world-class pilot and former track partner Astrid Radjenovic, having both trained together 15 years ago under Jackie Byrnes.

In her first season on the ice, Pittman and Radjenovic finished seventh at Altenberg, Germany, in January 2013 - an Australian-best result. The women have produced consistent results in the 2013/14 season, their best result being a 12th place at the 2014 World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland.

Pittman will become the first Australian female athlete to have competed at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Paul Narracott also achieved this feat when he competed in the 100m and 200m Athletics events at Los Angeles 1984 and competed in the 2-Man Bobsleigh event at the 1992 Albertville Games.

Schedule and Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day 11, Feb 18 2014

Bobsleigh
(Local) / 7:15 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Women's Heat 1
15th 15th
(Local) / 8:20 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Women's Heat 2
14th 14th

Day 12, Feb 19 2014

Bobsleigh
(Local) / 8:15 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Women's Heat 3
15th 15th
(Local) / 9:25 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Women's Heat 4 Medal Event
14th 14th
CAN CAN USA USA USA USA

Fast Facts

Sport
Bobsleigh
Status
Selected
Event
Twoman Women
Nickname
JP
Height
180cm
Weight
82kg
Age
31
Born
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Residence
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Chat to a Champ

Olympic Information

Athens 2004 - Athletics (400m Hurdles - 5th) Sydney 2000 - Athletics (400m Hurdles - 17th; 4 x 400m Relay - 5th)

Recent Performances

  • 14th - 2014 World Cup (Konigssee, Germany)
  • 13th - 2014 World Cup (Igls, Austria)
  • 12th - 2014 World Cup (St Moritz, Switzerland)
  • 20th - 2014 World Cup (Winterberg, Germany)
  • 15th - 2013 World Cup (Lake Placid, USA)

Training

Coach
John Marsden
Institute/Academy
New South Wales Institute of Sport
Training Base in Australia
Sydney, NSW
Training Base Overseas
Germany

Career Highlights

  • 400m hurdles World Champion in 2003
  • 400m hurdles World Champion in 2007
  • 400m hurdles Commonwealth Champion in 2002 and 2006

Education

Primary
Matthew Pearce Primary School, NSW
Secondary
Mount St Benedict College
Tertiary
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Western Sydney

Q&A

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Eagle on my back, Olympic rings plus a few others

What is your favourite competition venue?
Altenberg Germany

What is your goal for Sochi?
To make the top 8

Who is your sports hero?
Debbie Flintoff King and Cathy Freeman

Dare to Dream

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Exclusive fan e-news

Astrid and Jana happy with opening two runs

Astrid and Jana happy with opening two runs

BOBSLEIGH: Australia’s women’s bobsleigh team Astrid Radjenovic and Jana Pittman have completed two solid runs on the opening day of their competition at the Sanki Sliding Centre in Rosa Khutor.

Lifelong friend helps Jana create history

Lifelong friend helps Jana create history

BOBSLEIGH: Fifteen years ago Jana Pittman and Astrid Radjenovic trained together as 400 metre hurdlers. Now they will take on the world in Bobsleigh at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Jana & Astrid arrive in Sochi

BOBSLEIGH: The Australian women's bobsleigh team featuring Astrid Radjenovic and Jana Pittman have arrived in Sochi. After landing at the airport, the duo faced the media to discuss Jana's opportunity to represent Australia in a new sport, their performance expectations and love of the sport.

@AUSOlympicTeam selection day goes social

@AUSOlympicTeam selection day goes social

TEAM: On Thursday January 23, the Australian Olympic Team soared to 56 athletes. Already a record for an Australian Winter Olympic Team, the Team will continue to grow over the next few weeks! Find out how the @AUSOlympicTeam word spread and Australians reacted to the selection news.

Sochi so Soon!

Exclusive fan e-news

Second chance Jana creates history

Second chance Jana creates history

BOBSLEIGH: For two-time Summer Olympian, former hurdling World Champion and mother Jana Pittman, competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Bobsleigh “is a second chance” as well as an opportunity to add to the history books

Pushing 30 and sliding | Team Selection

Pushing 30 and sliding | Team Selection

BOBSLEIGH: Over 30’s dominate the Australian Bobsleigh team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Of the four men and two women selected all bar one are over 30 years of age.

Bobsleigh fourth begins huge sliding weekend

Bobsleigh fourth begins huge sliding weekend

In Europe and America, Australian sliders are gearing up for a big weekend of competition, with the men’s Bobsleigh team leading the way with a fantastic fourth place in the first 2-man event at the Nor Am Cup.

Refreshed and ready to ride

Refreshed and ready to ride

BOBSLEIGH: The Australian men’s bobsleigh squad has returned from the Christmas break refreshed and ready to tackle their final qualification races before the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.