Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Kronplatz

Viktoria Rebensburg had to sit out the races in Bad Kleinkirchheim and Cortina with a nasty virus, but she returned to the World Cup on Tuesday in Kronplatz, Italy, on a mission to win. The German skied the fastest second run to move from third place after run one into first place, narrowly edging out first-run winner Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.03 seconds. Federica Brignone, also suffering from illness in recent days, brought the crowd to its feet with a third-place finish.
With her victory, Rebensburg reclaimed the red leader bib in giant slalom that she held earlier in the season. Mowinckel, building on a series of career-best results, claimed her first podium finish in giant slalom after a third-place finish in super-G in Val d'Isere in December. She had never led a World Cup after the first run and was pleased to give Rebensburg serious chase. Brignone was also thrilled to move up from fifth place after the first run onto the podium, particularly after a hard series in Cortina where she could not start in Sunday's race.

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