(born October 19
) is an American gymnast
A Paradise Valley, Arizona native. As an Elite gymnast, she trained at the Desert Devils Gymnastics club in Mesa under coach Geoff Eaton. She did not compete much in 2003 due to a heel injury. 2004 was her big year, however, and she was considered a viable prospect for the American team for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
At that time, the youngest gymnast in serious contention for the U.S. team, Janiga was noted for her explosive tumbling. Her floor exercise was easily one of the most technically difficult in the world, featuring four 'E' element tumbling passes: a double layout, double Arabian tucked, piked full-in and whip through to triple full. National Team Coordinator Marta Karolyi
had a positive opinion on Janiga, prompting NBC
commentator Tim Daggett
to note, in an interview with the Arizona Republic
newspaper, that "I don't pick the team, Marta Karolyi does, and Marta Karolyi likes her a lot". Janiga qualified to the Olympic trials in Anaheim
in June 2004, where she finished ninth and was not selected for the team. In late 2004, Janiga represented the United States in two IAAF World Cup
competitions after the Olympics, earning gold medals on the floor exercise
in both meets.
Janiga entered Stanford University
in the fall of 2006 and is competing in NCAA
gymnastics. She took Spanish at Stanford to fulfill the language requirement.
In 2007, Janiga was awarded First-Team All-American status in the all-around, vault and floor exercise. She placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 2007 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships held in Salt Lake City Utah. She was also named Pacific-10 Conference 2007 Freshman of the Year.