Skiing: Seizinger equals Killy's win record

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Germany's Katja Seizinger won her sixth straight race yesterday in Val d'Isere to equal Jean-Claude Killy's World Cup record for consecutive victories.

The Frenchman had his record streak in January 1967, winning three downhills, two slaloms and a giant slalom. Seizinger has had the luck of the schedule, with six consecutive speed events.

Seizinger has not lost since finishing fourth in a slalom on 28 November at Mammoth Mountain, California. "Everything went smoothly again today," she said. "I'm happy that I can now be mentioned in the same breath as Killy."

Seizinger started the winning run with a super-G victory at Mammoth Mountain, won two downhills and a super-G at Lake Louise, Alberta, and took the sprint downhill on Wednesday in Val d'Isere. "I am very sure on my skis right now and that's why I can attack better. That's my secret of the moment," she said.

With her 34th career victory, Seizinger broke a record she shared with the former Liechtenstein racer, Hanni Wenzel, for third place on the women's career list. Anne-Marie Moser-Proll of Austria tops the all-time list with 62, while Switzerland's Vreni Schneider is second with 55 successes.

Seizinger will face a tough test in today's giant slalom, with Italy's Debbie Compagnoni enjoying a seven-race winning run in the discipline.