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Katja Seizinger was a triple Olympic champion and the first skier to win the downhill event twice.

Unexpected star

Katja Seizinger was an anomaly in the world of German skiing because she grew up not in the mountains of Bavaria, but in the industrial Ruhr region. This area was memorably referred to her as being “flat as my hand”. She learnt to ski on vacations with her father who was a ski enthusiast.

Medal success

At the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, she placed fourth in the downhill and then earned a bronze medal in the super giant slalom. Two years later in Lillehammer she won the downhill and was voted Sportswoman of the Year in Germany.

Olympic first

At the Nagano Winter Games she became the first skier, male or female, to win the Olympic downhill twice. The next day she earned a third gold medal by winning the Alpine combined event. She also earned a bronze medal in the giant slalom. She topped off her remarkable season by winning the Overall World Cup for the second time.



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Lillehammer 1994-At Kvitfjell. STREET Picabo (USA) 2nd, SEIZINGER Katja (GER) 1st and KOSTNER Isolde (ITA) 3rd
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Katja Seizinger - 1st Skier to Defend Downhill Title

In Albertville, Katja Seizinger makes her Olympic debut claiming a bronze medal in the giant super slalom. She became an Olympic champion for the 1st time in 1994, winning the downhill gold medal. Four years later, Katja became the 1st alpine skier to win the downhill gold twice and the 1st female alpine skier to defend an Olympic title. She went on to win gold in the alpine combined event and bronze in the giant slalom. Katja Seizinger (GER) - Alpine Skiing - Lillehammer 1994, Nanago 1998


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