Katja Seizinger

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

Katja Seizinger
Alpine skier
DisciplinesDownhill, Super-G,
Giant slalom, Slalom,
Combined
ClubSki Club Halblech
Born (1972-05-10) 10 May 1972
Datteln, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
World Cup debut10 December 1989
(age 17)
RetiredApril 1999 – (age 26)[1]
Olympics
Teams3 – (199298)
Medals5 (3 gold)
World Championships
Teams4 – (199197)
Medals4 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons9 – (199098)
Wins36 – (16 DH, 16 SG, 4 GS)
Podiums76
Overall titles2 – (1996, 1998)
Discipline titles9 – (4 DH, 5 SG)

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] At the same Olympics Debora Compagnoni had the same record in Giant Slalom, becoming the first athlete to win 3 gold medals in 3 Olympics in a row (in 2 different speciality).

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

Season standings

SeasonAgeOverallSlalomGiant
Slalom
Super GDownhillCombined
19901744391221
199118152931312
19921931041
1993202587117
19942134961119
1995222199134
199623139212
199724219225
1998251126112
199926injured, did not compete

Season titles

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

Race victories

  • 36 wins – (16 DH, 16 SG, 4 GS)
Season Date Location Race
19927 Dec 1991Santa Caterina, ItalySuper G
1 Nov 1992Schruns, AustriaDownhill
25 Jan 1992Morzine, FranceDownhill
7 Mar 1992Vail, CO, USADownhill
199320 Dec 1992Lake Louise, Alberta, CanadaSuper G
15 Jan 1993Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill
26 Feb 1993Veysonnaz, SwitzerlandDownhill
3 Mar 1993Morzine, FranceDownhill
20 Mar 1993Vemdalen, SwedenGiant Slalom
20 Mar 1993Åre, SwedenSuper G
199414 Jan 1994Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill
15 Jan 1994Super G
6 Mar 1994Whistler, British Columbia, CanadaDownhill
9 Mar 1994Mammoth Mountain., CA, USASuper G
16 Mar 1994Vail, Colorado, USADownhill
199511 Dec 1994Lake Louise, AB, CanadaSuper G
9 Mar 1995Bormio, ItalySuper G
19965 Dec 1995St. Anton, AustriaDownhill
6 Jan 1996Maribor, SloveniaGiant Slalom
13 Jan 1996Garmisch, GermanySuper G
2 Feb 1996Val-d'Isère, FranceSuper G
3 Feb 1996Downhill
4 Feb 1996Super G
9 Mar 1996Hafjell, NorwayGiant Slalom
199726 Oct 1996Sölden, AustriaGiant Slalom
30 Nov 1996Lake Louise, AB, CanadaDownhill
7 Mar 1997Mammoth Mountain, California, USASuper-G
13 Mar 1997Vail, Colorado, USASuper G
199829 Nov 1997Mammoth Mountain, California, USASuper G
4 Dec 1997Lake Louise, AB, CanadaDownhill
5 Dec 1997Downhill
6 Dec 1997Super G
17 Dec 1997Val d'Isère, FranceDownhill
18 Dec 1997Super G
24 Jan 1998Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalySuper G
31 Jan 1998Åre, SwedenDownhill

World Championship results

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
 Slalom 
Super GDownhillCombined
1991182055
1993201214DNF DH
1996235DNF25
1997245252
199926injured, did not compete

Olympic results

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
 Slalom 
Super GDownhillCombined
199219834DNF SL2
199421DNF2DNF1DNF SL1
1998253611

References

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


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
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