Rebensburg takes the win in Cortina d’Ampezzo Super G!
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - Cortina woke up under a fresh layer of snow. Organisers sent all of their workforce to groom the piste to get it ready on time. As the morning went on, low clouds started invading the valley. The work on the slope together with the changing conditions forced the Jury to bring the start down. Snow reappeared a couple hours before the race. Visibility declined and the course got sticky. The same comment was shared by all the skiers after the race: “It was impossible to see the ground and the course was really slow!”
23-year-old Viktoria Rebensburg managed to adapt to the conditions. Her famous smooth style enabled her to glide down the “Olimpia Delle Tofane” and claim her 2nd career Super G victory. Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer climbed onto her maiden podium, finishing 2nd, 0.33 seconds adrift. Incredible Tina Maze was again on the podium, 0.01 seconds behind the Austrian.
“I really like coming here, the slope is amazing”, said the winner of the day.
“Everything really fit together from top to bottom. I had a good feeling, my technique was good. I’m really happy about that. As for the bad weather, we are kind of used to it. We train a lot in this kind of conditions. I was so focused today that I didn’t get disturbed.”
Rebensburg added that the overall title was going to be one of her goals in the next years and that she was going to train towards it while for now, her main focus was on GS and SG.
Junior World Champion in 2007 Nicole Schmidhofer had to wait for her 6th World Cup season to finally get her 1st podium.
“I’m very excited about what’s happening. My goal was a top 10 today”, confessed the young Austrian.
“The training in the last months has been really good but I never managed to show what I can do during the races so far. I’m now qualified for the World Championships at home, I couldn’t be happier.”
World Cup leader Tina Maze, who has been in the top 4 in all the Super G races this season, got another podium, her second of the week-end in two races.
“It was a hard battle. I didn’t see anything, my goggles were covered in snow”, said the Slovenian champion.
“I simply tried to stay on the race line and let the skis go. I did a really good job and I’m very happy. It was a very tiring week-end and I need to regain energy before next week-end in Maribor where I’ll be aiming for a double victory.”
Her result allowed her to overtake Lindsey Vonn and take the lead in the Super G rankings. The winner of of Saturday’s Downhill had to be content with a 7th place, just behind her team mates Julia Mancuso and Leanne Smith.
The Ladies’ World Cup tour will now head towards Slovenia for two exciting technical events in Maribor next week-end.