Eva-Maria Brem leads Maribor GS after 1st run
Maribor, Slovenia – Austria's Eva-Maria Brem turned in a solid opening run of the seventh giant slalom this season on Saturday.
In spring-like conditions, Brem made the most of an early start, with bib number 4 and finished the Pohorje 2 course in 1:12.85 to lead Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.37 seconds. Lara Gut of Switzerland was third, 0.53 seconds off the pace.
“The second run will definitely be a fight for me, because the slope is getting more and more bumpy as the race goes on,” Brem said. “I'll be the last to go, so that will be difficult. But I'm not worried about fighting!”
The 27-year-old managed to carry speed from the middle and relatively flat section onto the steeper final pitch, which made a difference.
“I am really working on my skiing especially on flat parts and I have the feeling I am getting better and better. Before the race I was a little bit nervous because I was not sure if I was really getting better in the flats, but now I know.”
Eva-Maria Brem currently leads the Giant Slalom standings. She recorded three podium finishes this season so far, as she won in Courchevel in December and finished in second place in Åre and Aspen. She is chasing her third career World Cup victory.
Viktoria Rebensburg, who won the last giant slalom in Flachau, her first win in this event in three years, has definitely found her GS groove again after a slow start to the season.
“The last couple of years it was always a little bit like this, so we are kind of used to it,” Rebensburg said about the soft snow. “It's not easy today, because it's a bit rolling under the skies. Anyhow they made a good job on the slope with those warm conditions.”
“It will be warmer for the second run and with salt, the track might turn out better than for the first run,” she continued. “Actually I wasn't so happy with my skiing today, it was not the way I wanted to. But I am not so far away and will push in the second run and we will see what happens.
Overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn came down with bib 15 and had to be content with 12th place, 2.45 seconds out.
“I was a little bit unlucky with the bib number,” Vonn said. “The snow unfortunately isn't really holding up to the later numbers. They did a great job preparing and actually it was cold last night, so I thought it was going to be really good. But the snow is like sugar. You can see that the time differences are crazy.”
The second run is scheduled to start at 13:00 CET
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