Vicky Rebensburg: I’m going for gold in Schladming
Vicky Rebensburg grabbed her first season victory just before Christmas in Are (SWE). In this interview with Red Bull, she discusses changes in her preparations, the new FIS rules and the dream about gold at the 2013 Worlds in Schladming.
The end of the year is always the time for drawing conclusions. Are you happy with your season so far?
After I took 2nd in St.Moritz, I knew I was headed in the right direction. Then Courchevel was another setback – it was simply not a good day for me. In Are, I was already looking forward to racing on that slope during the inspection. Winning there was icing on the cake. I am especially happy that I was able to bring my entire potential to bear during the race. It was great to take that feeling with me into the Christmas Holidays.
You dominated the giant slalom World Cup last season. Did you make any changes in your preparation regardless?
I skipped the speed training camp in Chile this summer. Instead I was training in Zermatt. Otherwise the volume and focus areas have remained the same across the various events compared with last year. We have a new coach Herbert Renoth with the team, which makes me personally very happy. He has been an important point of contact for me for a long while and now the entire team gets to benefit from his knowledge.
Are you also training super-G or specializing on giant slalom because of the World Champs?
My base will always be the giant slalom but I am also training super-G and downhill as I already did during the last two years. My goal is to also make it to the top in the speed events. But relative to the World Championships it can be that I will focus more on GS in training.
Your comment to the new FIS Rules: How are you managing the changed radius and side cut?
Fundamentally I am skeptical about the rule change. But it is here now so I had to adapt to it. And I believe that I have done that quite well in fact.
You won the GS at the World Cup Finals 2012 in Schladming - a year later the same course will see the World Championships; is that a good sign for you?
I do hope that because I have such great memories from Schladming. My two victories in GS and SG at last year’s season finale of course give me lots of security and self-confidence.
Which race are you looking forward most, and why?
The GS at Schladming 2013, because I want to win a medal there. The golden one would be my choice.
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