Saturday, October 28, 2017

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

Viktoria Rebensburg kicked off the 2017/18 FIS Audi Alpine World Cup tour with a Giant Slalom victory. Rebensburg, born in Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany, is the 2010 Olympic gold medalist in the Giant Slalom. Her victory at Vancouver was her first victory in international competition. Today's victory is the 14th World Cup Win (12 in GS) after 204 starts.
Rebensburg second after the first run skied a superb second run to finish ahead of France's Tessa Worley by 0.14 seconds. Manuela Moelgg (ITA) rounded out the podium 0.53 off the pace and was so close from taking her first-ever World Cup Victory and become the oldest skier ever winning a World Cup Race.
Tessa Worley of France claimed her first podium finish at the Austrian resort, squeezing into second place, under sunny skies and in front of 14,500 fans.
Viktoria Rebensburg struggled in the 2016/17 season with back problems and a tibial fracture – still finding the podium twice – but has returned to the tour this year healthy and strong. She overcame a 0.33-second deficit after the first run to overtake Moelgg for the win. The 2017 Overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin sat in second place after the first run but ultimately finished fifth.
Lindsey Vonn raced today in Sölden for the first time since 2012 but did not qualify for the second run.
Tessa Worley was beyond ecstatic to claim her maiden Sölden podium. She sat in sixth place after the first run and fought hard in the second run to close the gap to within 0.14 seconds of Rebensburg. At 34 years old, Moelgg was the most experienced athlete in the race and quite impressively managed to match her result from seven years ago. The ladies' circuit next races slalom in Levi, Finland, on 11 November.

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