Originally created 12/19/97

Six straight for Seizinger; 11th place for Street

VAL D'ISERE, France -- Katja Seizinger, who began skiing on these slopes as a child, won a super-G on Thursday for her sixth straight victory, tying a World Cup record set by Jean-Claude Killy.

"I am very sure on my skis right now and that's why I can attack better," she said. "That's my secret of the moment."

The German has not lost since finishing fourth in a parallel slalom Nov. 28 at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. All her victories in the streak have been in speed events. When Killy set his record in 1967, he won three downhills, two slaloms and a giant slalom.

Seizinger was timed in 1 minute, 7.09 seconds to beat Austria's Renate Goetschl by .02 seconds. Hilde Gerg of Germany was third in 1:07.64.

"Everything went smoothly again today," said Seizinger, who broke the women's record when she won four straight. "I'm happy that I can now be mentioned in the same breath as Killy."

Seizinger will face a tough test in Friday's giant slalom, with Italy's Deborah Compagnoni riding a seven-race winning streak in the discipline.

Picabo Street was 11th in 1:08.00 after finishing 10th in the sprint downhill Wednesday in her return to World Cup skiing after being sidelined for a year because of knee surgery.

Street recorded her third best super-G finish. Only twice before has she been in the top 10 in this discipline.

"I'm happy with the finish," she said. "I have confidence now going home for Christmas."

The Sun Valley, Idaho, skier won the World Cup downhill title for two consecutive years and took the 1996 world championship before her injury.

Street knows something of Seizinger's streak, having won six downhills in a row in 1995. She thinks she will soon be challenging Seizinger.

"The day will come again when we are fighting for that top spot on the podium," Street said. "As long as she keeps winning she'll be smiling and I like to see her smiling face better than her other face."

Street will not race the giant slalom on Friday.

"I am going to spend the day organizing and packing to go home," she said. "I will stay around and cheer on the other girls."

Seizinger has wealthy parents and learned to ski during vacations with her family.

"I started skiing here in Val d'Isere and Zermatt (Switzerland)," she said. "I spent eight years in Les Menuires so I really know the French Alps."

With her 34th career victory, Seizinger broke a tie with Liechtenstein's Hanni Wenzel for third place on the women's career list. Anne-Marie Moser-Proell of Austria is first with 62, followed by Switzerland's Vreni Schneider at 55.

Seizinger started her streak with a super-G victory at Mammoth Mountain. She won two downhills and a super-G at Lake Louise, Alberta, and took the sprint downhill Wednesday in Val d'Isere.

"I am enjoying every day," she said. "You can't have a better start to the season."


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