Katja Seizinger

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Katja Seizinger
— Alpine skier —
Disciplines Downhill, Super-G,
Giant slalom, Slalom,
Combined
Club Ski Club Halblech
Born (1972-05-10) 10 May 1972 (age 42)
Datteln, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
World Cup debut 10 December 1989
(age 17)
Retired April 1999 – (age 26)[1]
Olympics
Teams 3 – (199298)
Medals 5 (3 gold)
World Championships
Teams 4 – (199197)
Medals 4 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 9 – (200298)
Wins 36 – (16 DH, 16 SG, 4 GS)
Podiums 76
Overall titles 2 – (1996, 1998)
Discipline titles 9 – (4 DH, 5 SG)

Katja Seizinger (born 10 May 1972) is a former alpine ski racer, the most successful alpine racer from Germany.

Born in Datteln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Seizinger won three Olympic gold and two bronze medals, and won eleven World Cup season titles: two overall, four downhill and five Super-G. She was a three-time winner of Germany's sportswoman of the year award.

With Olympic downhill victories in 1994 and 1998, she became the first to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same alpine speed event, and also the first woman to successfully defend an Olympic alpine title.[2][3]

Seizinger injured both knees while training in June 1998,[4] sat out the entire 1999 season,[5] then retired in April.[1]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
1990 17 44 39 12 21
1991 18 15 29 3 13 12
1992 19 3 10 4 1
1993 20 2 58 7 1 1 7
1994 21 3 49 6 1 1 19
1995 22 2 19 9 1 3 4
1996 23 1 39 2 1 2
1997 24 2 19 2 2 5
1998 25 1 12 6 1 1 2
1999 26 injured, did not compete

Season titles[edit]

  • 11 titles – (2 overall, 4 DH, 5 SG)
Season Discipline
1992 Downhill
1993 Downhill
Super-G
1994 Downhill
Super-G
1995 Super-G
1996 Overall
Super-G
1998 Overall
Downhill
Super-G

Race victories[edit]

  • 36 wins – (16 DH, 16 SG, 4 GS)
Season Date Location Race
1992 7 Dec 1991 Santa Caterina, Italy Super G
1 Nov 1992 Schruns, Austria Downhill
25 Jan 1992 Morzine, France Downhill
7 Mar 1992 Vail, CO, USA Downhill
1993 20 Dec 1992 Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada Super G
15 Jan 1993 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
26 Feb 1993 Veysonnaz, Switzerland Downhill
3 Mar 1993 Morzine, France Downhill
20 Mar 1993 Vemdalen, Sweden Giant Slalom
20 Mar 1993 Åre, Sweden Super G
1994 14 Jan 1994 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
15 Jan 1994 Super G
6 Mar 1994 Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Downhill
9 Mar 1994 Mammoth Mtn., CA, USA Super G
16 Mar 1994 Vail, CO, USA Downhill
1995 11 Dec 1994 Lake Louise, AB, Canada Super G
9 Mar 1995 Bormio, Italy Super G
1996 5 Dec 1995 St. Anton, Austria Downhill
6 Jan 1996 Maribor, Slovenia Giant Slalom
13 Jan 1996 Garmisch, Germany Super G
2 Feb 1996 Val-d'Isère, France Super G
3 Feb 1996 Downhill
4 Feb 1996 Super G
9 Mar 1996 Hafjell, Norway Giant Slalom
1997 26 Oct 1996 Sölden, Austria Giant Slalom
30 Nov 1996 Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
7 Mar 1997 Mammoth Mtn., CA, USA Super-G
13 Mar 1997 Vail, CO, USA Super G
1998 29 Nov 1997 Mammoth Mtn., CA, USA Super G
4 Dec 1997 Lake Louise, AB, Canada Downhill
5 Dec 1997 Downhill
6 Dec 1997 Super G
17 Dec 1997 Val d'Isère, France Downhill
18 Dec 1997 Super G
24 Jan 1998 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super G
31 Jan 1998 Åre, Sweden Downhill

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1991 18 20 5 5
1993 20 12 1 4 DNF DH
1996 23 5 DNF 2 5
1997 24 5 2 5 2
1999 26 injured, did not compete

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 Slalom 
Super G Downhill Combined
1992 19 8 3 4 DNF SL2
1994 21 DNF2 DNF 1 DNF SL1
1998 25 3 6 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Past Olympic athletes: Katja Seizinger". ESPN. Agence France-Presse. 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Street denied in downhill". Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine). Associated Press. February 16, 1998. p. C1. 
  3. ^ "Women's downhill skiing". Spokesman-Review. wire services. February 16, 1998. p. C2. 
  4. ^ "Knee injury sidelines Seizinger". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. October 25, 1998. p. D9. 
  5. ^ "Katja Seizinger: injured downhill skier is mum on retirement". The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). December 8, 1998. p. C2. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Franziska van Almsick
German Sportswoman of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Franziska van Almsick
Preceded by
Franziska van Almsick
German Sportswoman of the Year
1996
Succeeded by
Astrid Kumbernuss
Preceded by
Astrid Kumbernuss
German Sportswoman of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Steffi Graf