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Seizinger Wins Women’s Giant Slalom

October 26, 1996

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) _ Katja Seizinger overcame a .14 second deficit to upset world and Olympic champion Deborah Compagnoni today in the opening World Cup giant slalom race of the season.

Seizinger, last year’s overall World Cup champion, was timed in 2 minutes, 11.81 seconds over the foggy course that dropped 1,184 feet through 44 gates on both runs.

Compagnoni, who led after the first run, did 2:11.93 with German Hilde Gerg third in 2:13.84.

It was the 25th career World Cup victory for Seizinger, and fourth in giant slalom. Noted more as a speed racer, Seizinger has been improving in the giant slalom. She was second overall in the giant slalom season standings last year and had a fifth in last year’s world championships that Compagnoni won.

The start of the second run was delayed about 45 minutes when wet snow turned to rain at the lower altitudes. The starting point was more than 9,840 feet above sea level on a glacier.

Last year’s World Cup giant slalom season leader, Martina Ertl, injured knee ligaments last week in practice at Soelden and is out until mid-December.

Picabo Street, the top American, stayed home to concentrate on the speed events beginning in the United States in three weeks.

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