Rebensburg reclaims GS overall lead with win at home in Ofterschwang


Viktoria RebensburgIt was a beautiful homecoming for German skier Viktoria Rebensburg who won the fifth World Cup race of her career in front of a home crowd today (March 2) in sunny and warm Ofterschwang, Germany. 

Rebensburg held a 0.11-second lead after the first run and only gave up a few hundredths of a second to win by 0.06 seconds today and reclaim the lead in the overall GS standings with a 44-point advantage over the previous leader, Tessa Worley of France (seventh today).

“The crowd was really cool,” said Rebensburg. “I didn’t really have such a good feeling in the second run because it was pretty tough. I’m so, so happy. It’s a wonderful day.”

Slovenia’s Tina Maze continued her impressive season, earning her eighth World Cup podium of the season in second today. She has yet to win a race this season.

It was a crowded podium as Austrian Elisabeth Goergl and Italian Irene Curtoni tied for third, both 0.74 seconds behind Rebensburg. It was Curtoni’s first carer World Cup podium. 

Today’s race, which replaced a contest canceled by snowfall at Courchevel in December and was again pushed back by wind in Soldeu in January, is the first of three races (two giant slaloms and a slalom) scheduled here this weekend. The snow and wind seemed a season or two away today in Bavaria as skies were a cloudless blue and the sun brought temperatures up to 50 degrees by the end of the race.

Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby had the best giant slalom result of her World Cup career in fifth place, just two hundredths of a second off of the four woman podium.

One of the most impressive performances of the day came from Italian speed specialist Nadia Fanchini, who with the 57th start, skied into 16th in the first run, then put down the fastest second-run of the day to finish sixth and tie her career high in the discipline.

American Julia Mancuso was in sixth place after the first run, 0.85 seconds back. She held a lead at the top of the second run course but slipped behind the fastest women near the middle of the course to finish ninth and record her second best GS result of the season (she finished third in Aspen in November).

Lindsey Vonn, who stood 1.05 seconds behind the leader in 10th after the first run, had trouble keeping her skis on the snow while navigating the rollers at the top of the second-run course. She finished 10th today and currently stands fourth in the overall GS rankings after winning the first World Cup GS of her career in Soelden in October. Vonn surrendered 54 points of her now 474-point lead in the overall standings to runner-up Maze with just eight races remaining on the women’s World Cup schedule.

U.S.teammate Resi Stiegler just missed the cut for the 30-woman second run in 34th after the first run, 2.83 seconds behind the leader.

World Cup racing continues in Ofterschwag Saturday with a second giant slalom, followed by a slalom on Sunday.

MORE TO COME

Image by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee
Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Oftenschwang, Germany, March 2, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
2 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
3 Curtoni, Fischer/Lange/Fischer
3 Goergl, Head/Head/Head
5 Lindell-Vikarby, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
6 Fanchini, Dynastar/Lange/Look
7 Worley, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
8 Koehle, Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker
9 Mancuso, Voelkl/Lange/Marker
10 Vonn, Head/Head/Head

Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Oftenschwang, Germany, March 2, 2012
. … It is the 29th race of the women’s 39 race 2012 World Cup schedule. … It is the sixth of nine scheduled GS’s. … It is a make-up race from the twice canceled race scheduled at Courchevel Dec. 17, again at Courchevel Dec. 18 by heavy snowfall and at Soldeu-Grandvalira Feb. 10 by high winds. … It is the 12th World Cup hosted at Ofterschwang and seventh GS, the last in 2009. … It is the first of a three race set at the site this season.

It is the fifth career World Cup win for Viktoria Rebensburg. … all in GS. … It is his second win of the season, the previous coming at Aspen Nov. 26. … Her wins have all come in different countries.

It is the 36th career World Cup podium result for Tina Maze. … Her 15th in GS. … It is her eighth podium of the season without a win. … her second in GS. … She has been second six times this season.

It is the first career World Cup podium result for Irene Curtoni. … Her previous best finish of the season had been tenth in slalom at Kranjska Gora. … She has just four career Cup top 10′s.

It is the 35th career World Cup podium result for Elisabeth Goergl. … her 15th in GS. … It is her third podium in four career scoring results at Oftenschwang. … all in GS. … It is her sixth podium of the season and third in GS.

North Americans: It is the 106th career Cup top 10 for Julia Mancuso. … Her 14th of the season. … It is her second best GS result of the season after a third at Aspen in November. … It is the 18th career Cup top 10 in GS for Lindsey Vonn. … It is her fifth best of six GS results this season.

Standings: Vonn maintains her lead of the World Cup overall standings 1628-1154 over Maze. … Maria Hoefl-Riesch (DNF 1st) is third with 1046. … Mancuso is fifth with 823. … Marie-Michele Gagnon (DNF 1st) is top Canadian overall in 32nd with 204pts. … Rebensburg takes the lead of the GS standings 390-346 for Tessa Worley (seventh in race). … Elisabeth Goergl is third with 281pts. … Vonn is fourth with 275 and Mancuso ninth with 156pts. … Gagnon is top Canadian in 27th with 51pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 4729-3148 over the US. … Italy is third with 2318. … Canada in 10th with 360pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  2  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:14.64  1:18.66  2:33.30  0.00
 2  1  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:14.75  1:18.61  2:33.36  0.34
 3  22  296509 CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA   1:15.81  1:18.23  2:34.04  4.20
 3  3  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:14.78  1:19.26  2:34.04  4.20
 5  12  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:15.11  1:18.95  2:34.06  4.31
 6  57  296729 FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA   1:16.13  1:17.99  2:34.12  4.65
 7  6  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   1:15.50  1:18.87  2:34.37  6.07
 8  21  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:15.75  1:18.80  2:34.55  7.09
 9  10  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:15.49  1:19.09  2:34.58  7.26
 10  4  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:15.69  1:18.97  2:34.66  7.72
 11  27  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT   1:16.30  1:18.43  2:34.73  8.12
 12  36  196179 BERTRAND Marion  1984  FRA   1:16.48  1:18.31  2:34.79  8.46
 13  5  297601 BRIGNONE Federica  1990  ITA   1:15.82  1:19.09  2:34.91  9.14
 14  17  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:16.61  1:18.34  2:34.95  9.36
 15  13  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone  1988  FRA   1:15.81  1:19.40  2:35.21  10.84
 16  14  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   1:16.46  1:18.78  2:35.24  11.01
 17  18  55590 SCHILD Marlies  1981  AUT   1:16.36  1:18.95  2:35.31  11.41
 18  19  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:17.10  1:18.22  2:35.32  11.46
 19  34  565315 ROBNIK Mateja  1987  SLO   1:16.78  1:18.70  2:35.48  12.37
 20  31  565268 DREV Ana  1985  SLO   1:16.42  1:19.08  2:35.50  12.49
 21  11  196725 BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA   1:15.66  1:19.89  2:35.55  12.77
 22  15  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   1:15.97  1:19.60  2:35.57  12.88
 23  26  296379 GIANESINI Giulia  1984  ITA   1:16.68  1:19.10  2:35.78  14.07
 24  38  705287 ZUZULOVA Veronika  1984  SVK   1:16.27  1:19.63  2:35.90  14.76
 25  28  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:17.11  1:19.18  2:36.29  16.97
 26  33  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:16.89  1:21.11  2:38.00  26.67
Disqualified 2nd run
   9  295445 KARBON Denise  1980  ITA         
Did not start 1st run
   46  535585 STAPLES Kiley  1989  USA         
Did not qualify for 2nd run
   58  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena  1984  ARG         
   56  196806 NOENS Nastasia  1988  FRA         
   55  35079 SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen  1982  ARG         
   54  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena  1990  SRB         
   53  516109 VOGEL Nadja  1990  SUI         
   52  107044 IRWIN Madison  1991  CAN         
   51  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT         
   50  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna  1991  SWE         
   49  516280 HOLDENER Wendy  1993  SUI         
   48  205239 WIRTH Barbara  1989  GER         
   45  537772 STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA         
   44  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA         
   43  297195 HOFER Anna  1988  ITA         
   42  505908 SMEDH Veronica  1988  SWE         
   41  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA         
   40  297171 FANCHINI Sabrina  1988  ITA         
   39  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA         
   37  206174 STABER Veronika  1987  GER         
   35  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR         
   32  56059 DEPAULI Jessica  1991  AUT         
   29  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN         
   20  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE         
Did not finish 2nd run
   30  298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA         
   23  206355 DUERR Lena  1991  GER         
   16  296259 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA         
Did not finish 1st run
   47  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE         
   25  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT         
   24  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN         
   8  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER         
   7  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT         

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