Rebensburg wins GS in Aspen
Sat, 26 Nov 21:56:00 2011
Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg, beaten by the slimmest margin on the same course a year ago, took fine revenge when she won the Aspen World Cup giant slalom.
The 22-year-old German, who was also second in the season opener in Soelden last month, dominated the afternoon run to clock a fastest combined time of two minutes and 11.25 seconds.
Rebensburg, who has now won four World Cup giant slaloms, leads the speciality's and overall World Cup standings neatly on 180 points.
"I was not too happy with my first leg and I was not too sure how it would all end up but if I manage to stay on the podium race after race, it shows I must be doing things right," she said after taking back the discipline leader's red bib.
"It's great to hold the red bib but I feel I'm at the right place and I deserve it."
Downhill and Super-G world champion Elisabeth Goergl of Austria led after the morning leg but skied too conservatively in the second run to trail the German by 0.33 seconds overall.
While all eyes at the start were on Lindsey Vonn, winner of the season opener ahead of Rebensburg and Goergl, fellow-American Julia Mancuso stole the show by taking third spot, 0.44 behind the winner.
It was the discipline's 2006 Olympic gold medallist's first podium in a giant slalom for four years and it was also the first medal spot by an American in Aspen since Kristina Koznick finished third in a slalom in 2004.
"It's a great relief as everybody has kept talking about Koznick since we arrived here," Mancuso said.
Tamara McKinney was the only home skier to win a women's race at the Colorado resort thirty years ago in 1981.
Vonn was 12th, 1.74 behind Rebensburg, a rather disappointing result after her maiden giant slalom victory in Soelden, but not such a bad one in a race she considers the toughest on the circuit.
The American was also hampered by back problems but she fared much better than arch-rival and World Cup defending champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who failed to complete the second run.
The women's programme continues in Aspen on Sunday with a slalom.
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