Rebensburg takes back-to-back World Cup GS wins in Ofterschwang, Lindsey Vonn second


Viktoria RebensburgGerman Viktoria Rebensburg withstood an amazing second-run attack from World Cup overall leader, American Lindsey Vonn to bag her second giant slalom win in as many days on home snow in Ofterschwang, Germany today (March 3).  

Rebensburg was nearly a second (0.85) ahead of her nearest competitor after the first run. That lead had ballooned up to a 1.68-second advantage on current leader Vonn by the time Rebensburg left the second run start house. The 2010 Olympic GS champion held on to the majority of her lead until she made a pair of untimely mistakes near the bottom of the course but managed to stay between the gates and hold off Vonn in second place with a 0.26-second winning advantage. 

“This is crazy, I couldn’t expect it,” said Rebensburg about collecting her fifth and sixth career wins at home. “Two awesome days. It was pretty close in the second run, I had two mistakes in the last part. It doesn’t matter; I won the race. It is crazy.”

Vonn, who stood sixth (1.68 seconds back) after the first run, harnessed her super G skills with an amazing run on the second course set by a U.S. Ski Team coach. Vonn, who had the fastest second-run time by nearly a second and a half (1.42), screamed with delight in the finish area after a thrilling run that required her full bag of tricks to stay on course and build speed all the way down.

“I’m really proud of the way I skied the second run,” said Vonn. “I went for the most direct line possible and risked a lot and was able to make up a lot of time. I was thinking I could maybe get the win when Viki had trouble on the bottom, but she was just too strong today.”

The result marked Vonn’s second best finish in a World Cup GS and only her third career podium in the discipline. She won the first World Cup GS of her career in October in Soelden, Austrian and currently stands second 135 points behind Rebensburg in the GS rankings with two GS races remaining on this season’s schedule.

Lindsey VonnSlovenian Tina Maze finished 0.39 seconds behind the winner in third to claim her ninth World Cup podium of the season. Austrian Anna Fenninger missed the podium by one hundredth of a second in fourth place.

It was another sunny day in Bavaria as temperatures reached the low 50s during the second run, softening the course considerably.

American Resi Stiegler scored her first World Cup GS points in more than four years in 22nd place. The Jackson Hole, Wyoming native, who has been often sidelined by a string of injuries over the last four years and mainly focuses on the slalom, skied her way into the 30-woman second run from the 47th start and crossed the second run finish line swinging her poles with joy. 

Julia Mancuso was in seventh position after run No. 1, but misjudged a roller in a shady section of the upper course and jumped passed a gate.

Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon had a strong day in 14th to notch her second best GS result of the season.

Vonn maintains a strong 494-point lead in the overall standings with a total of 1708 points.

“I have been thinking about the 2,000 point mark since about the St. Moritz races,” said Vonn, whose career high is 1788 points in one season (2009). “I am not focusing too much on it, but it is definitely in the back of my mind. This year the tech races have been going well and now I am second in the giant slalom standings. To me, that is a huge accomplishment.”

The three-race World Cup weekend here concludes Sunday with a women’s slalom.

Image by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup giant slalom, Ofterschwang, Germany, March 3, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
2 Vonn, Head/Head/Head
3 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
4 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head
5 Poutiainen, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
6 Curtoni, Fischer/Lange/Fischer
7 Lindell-Vikarby, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
8 Goergl, Head/Head/Head
9 Barioz, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Karbon, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

Women’s World Cup giant slalom, Ofterschwang, Germany, March 3, 2012. … It is the 30th race of the women’s 39 race 2012 World Cup schedule. … The seventh of nine GS’s. … The second of a three race set at Ofterschwang. … bright sun, +9c.

It is the sixth career World Cup win for Viktoria Rebensburg, all in GS. … It is her third win of the season and second in two days after also won the make-up from Courchevel also held at Ofterschwang.

It is the 95th career World Cup podium result for Lindsey Vonn. … her third in GS. … It is her 15th podium of the season. … and second in GS.

It is the 37th career World Cup podium result for Tina Maze. … her 16th in GS. … It is her ninth podium of the season and third of the season in GS. … It is her second podium in two days having finished second March 2.

North Americans: Marie-Michele Gagnon matches her sixth best result of the season. … second best of the season in GS after a seventh at Soldeu-Grandvalira Feb. 12. … It is the fifth best career Cup GS result for Resi Stiegler. … her best since placing 15th at Soelden Oct. 27, 2007.

Standings: with seven races remaining Lindsey Vonn leads the World Cup overall standings 1708-1214 over Tina Maze. … Maria Hoefl-Riesch (DNF 2nd) is third with 1046. … No other skiers can win the overall title. … Julia Mancuso (DNF 2nd) is fifth with 823pts. … Gagnon is top Canadian in 30th with 222pts. … With two races left Viktoria Rebensburg leads the GS standings 490-355 for Vonn. … Tessa Worley (DNQ) is third with 346pts. … Mancuso is 10th with 156pts. … Gagnon 21st with 69pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 4861-3237 over the US. … Italy is third with 2431pts. … Canada 11th with 378pts.

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  5  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:18.04  1:10.95  2:28.99  0.00
 2  6  537544 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:19.72  1:09.53  2:29.25  1.52
 3  7  565243 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:19.10  1:10.28  2:29.38  2.28
 4  1  55947 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:18.89  1:10.50  2:29.39  2.34
 5  12  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   1:19.20  1:10.62  2:29.82  4.85
 6  15  296509 CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA   1:19.53  1:10.85  2:30.38  8.12
 7  8  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:20.01  1:10.46  2:30.47  8.64
 8  2  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:20.14  1:10.35  2:30.49  8.76
 9  13  196725 BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA   1:20.56  1:10.01  2:30.57  9.23
 10  21  295445 KARBON Denise  1980  ITA   1:20.93  1:09.74  2:30.67  9.81
 11  9  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:20.07  1:10.61  2:30.68  9.87
 12  27  196179 BERTRAND Marion  1984  FRA   1:20.67  1:10.02  2:30.69  9.93
 13  16  516138 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:20.84  1:09.89  2:30.73  10.16
 14  24  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   1:20.77  1:10.02  2:30.79  10.51
 15  30  298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA   1:21.00  1:09.82  2:30.82  10.69
 16  19  296259 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA   1:20.98  1:10.09  2:31.07  12.15
 17  34  206367 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:20.46  1:10.75  2:31.21  12.96
 17  17  55590 SCHILD Marlies  1981  AUT   1:20.39  1:10.82  2:31.21  12.96
 19  14  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   1:20.74  1:10.62  2:31.36  13.84
 20  32  565268 DREV Ana  1985  SLO   1:21.57  1:09.81  2:31.38  13.96
 21  28  505483 PAERSON Anja  1981  SWE   1:21.55  1:10.36  2:31.91  17.05
 22  45  537772 STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA   1:21.11  1:10.81  2:31.92  17.11
 22  40  297910 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:20.80  1:11.12  2:31.92  17.11
 24  23  296379 GIANESINI Giulia  1984  ITA   1:20.96  1:11.04  2:32.00  17.58
Did not qualify for 2nd run
   54  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena  1984  ARG         
   53  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN         
   52  195972 AUBERT Sandrine  1982  FRA         
   50  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena  1990  SRB         
   49  55690 HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT         
   48  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna  1991  SWE         
   47  205239 WIRTH Barbara  1989  GER         
   46  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE         
   44  196812 PELLISSIER Marion  1988  FRA         
   42  505908 SMEDH Veronica  1988  SWE         
   41  56032 SCHILD Bernadette  1990  AUT         
   39  297171 FANCHINI Sabrina  1988  ITA         
   38  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA         
   37  206174 STABER Veronika  1987  GER         
   36  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR         
   35  565315 ROBNIK Mateja  1987  SLO         
   33  56059 DEPAULI Jessica  1991  AUT         
   31  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN         
   26  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT         
   3  196928 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   25  55898 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT         
   22  206355 DUERR Lena  1991  GER         
   20  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone  1988  FRA         
   18  355050 WEIRATHER Tina  1989  LIE         
   11  537545 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA         
   10  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER         
Did not finish 1st run
   51  35079 SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen  1982  ARG         
   43  297195 HOFER Anna  1988  ITA         
   29  296729 FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA         
   4  297601 BRIGNONE Federica  1990  ITA         

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