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Rainouts Give Seizinger Two Titles

March 5, 1998

GENEVA (AP) _ Olympic champion Katja Seizinger of Germany captured two World Cup titles today when two women’s races this weekend in France were wiped out by bad weather.

The International Ski Federation announced that the women’s World Cup downhill and super-G scheduled in Morzine, France were called off because of warm temperatures and heavy rainfall.

The FIS said the races would not be replaced.

That cancellations assured that Seizinger cannot be overtaken in downhill and super-G standings. She also moved closer to clinching the overall World Cup title.

The women will next ski in Crans Montana, Switzerland, for the Alpine skiing World Cup finals March 11-15.

With one race left in each event, Seizinger has unbeatable leads in the downhill and the super-G.

A victory is worth 100 points and Seizinger leads Renate Goetschl of Austria by 128 points in the downhill and by 140 points in the super-G.

Seizinger has a 267-point lead over fellow German Martina Ertl with four races left. Seizinger won the overall title for the first time two seasons ago.

It was a record fifth super-G title for Seizinger and her fourth downhill title.

Seizinger has won four super-G and four downhill races this season.

Michaela Figini, a retired Swiss star, also had four downhill titles, while Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria won seven.

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