Rebensburg wins GS in Zwiesel
Sun, 06 Feb 15:18:00 2011
Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg won the women's giant slalom in Zwiesel to boost her medal ambitions for the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The 21-year-old German, skiing at home in Zwiesel, bagged her second World Cup victory in one minute 36.96 seconds.
"I'm just so happy to have won. I didn't think about the World Championships at all," she said. "I just skied two confident runs. It's pretty good timing."
Rebensburg was a surprise winner of the Olympic gold in Whistler a year ago and will be a threat at the World Championships in Garmisch where she was won the junior world title on the same course in 2009.
Italy's Federica Brignone, the world junior combined champion two years ago, was 0.53 seconds behind Rebensburg for her best World Cup result of the season and only her second podium placing.
One of Italian skiing's brightest hopes, Brignone is the daughter of former slalom specialist Maria Rosa Quario, winner of four World Cup races in the 1980s.
Austria's Kathrin Zettel, whose season has been hampered by arthritis, earned a morale-boosting third place, 0.89 adrift, as she prepared to defend her world combined title.
France's Tessa Worley, winner of the previous three giant slaloms, was second after the first leg but faltered in the afternoon as the visibility decreased, finishing 10th.
The race, moved from Saturday because of bad weather, was finally held after a long delay.
Overall World Cup leader Maria Riesch finished 11th and increased her lead in the standings over Lindsey Vonn, who had to be content with 18th place. Riesch, the slalom world champion, is on 1,256 points and Vonn on 1,100.
The American super-G world champion had her preparation hampered by a crash in training last week and said she had not yet fully recovered from a slight concussion.
She is supposed to defend her super-G title on Tuesday but said she would make a last-minute decision.
"It's getting better and better but I still have lapses of concentration which cannot be tolerated in a super-G," Vonn said.