Seizinger seizes the initiative
Katja Seizinger of Germany took the lead in the overall World Cup standings with a brilliant win in the women's downhill at Val d'Isere yesterday. Seizinger, who was four points behind leader Anita Wachter of Austria after winning a super-giant slalom on Friday, picked up 100 points with her downhill win while a tentative Wachter finished out of the top 20. American World Cup downhill champion Picabo Street made few mistakes but had to be content with second place, 0.49 seconds behind. A second downhill due to take place yesterday afternoon was cancelled because of poor visibility after just 11 skiers had completed the course. The men's downhill at Garmisch Partenkirchen was also cancelled because of thick fog. The women's events had been switched to the French resort because of the lack of snow at the original venue, Crans in Switzerland.