Rebensburg ends season white-hot
Last season, German Viktoria Rebensburg earned her first five World Cup podiums (all in
GS), including three wins. She had added six more GS podiums and three more victories to
her career tally by the time she got to World Cup Finals this year.
But it wasn’t on the giant slalom hill that Rebensburg provided the biggest surprise of the
women’s races. With the No. 5 bib, she put down a super G run that held up through the following 20 racers and earned Rebensburg her first top-five finish in a super G race and her only
podium in a speed race ever.
“I can’t believe that I won,” said Rebensburg after watching Lindsey Vonn’s huge advantage
in the middle of the course disappear when she was halted by slush on the side of the course.
“I struggled a lot of times in super G; I knew that I could be fast without too big of mistakes and
today everything worked out. I can’t believe that I won a super G race; I’m so happy.”
Two days later, Rebensburg collected her fourth GS win of the season and finally clinched her
second consecutive giant slalom title after taking over the discipline lead with back-to-back GS
wins in Ofterschwang two weeks earlier.
“I’m a ski racer and I always want to be on the top or win,” said Rebensburg of keeping up her
intensity even with the title almost guaranteed. “Today everything worked out pretty well, I’m
so happy now. Things looked pretty good after the first run but you never know. I just focused
and tried to push.”
German Viktoria Rebensburg won her first World Cup super G in Schladming two days before clinching her second giant slalom title.
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