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Alpine Skiing: Rebensburg and Shiffrin win in Are
Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany’s Olympic champion from Vancouver 2010, won the ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom at Are (SWE) on 19th December. While relegating Austria’s Anna Fenninger to second place and Tina Maze (SLO) to third, she also ended a four-race winning streak by the Slovenian skiing ace.
In the slalom event the day after, US young gun Mikaela Shiffrin superbly confirmed her potential with an impressive victory ahead of Sweden’s local talent Frida Handsdotter and Tina Maze. Shiffrin, the racer from Eagle/Vail thus became one of the youngest athletes to celebrate a slalom World Cup victory in recent years. At only 17 years of age, she enjoyed her first triumph less than twenty months after entering her first major race in March 2011.
With this success, she strongly reinforced her position as the leader in the women’s ‘Longines Rising Ski Stars’ Award. The prize was launched for the 2012/13 by Swiss watch brand and FIS Alpine Worrld Cup Official Timing Partner to award the best young skiing talents (female under 21, male under 23) of the season.
For one of the major figures on the World Cup tour, Are unfortunately put an early end to the current season: During a training run before the slalom race, Austria’s skiing ace Marlies Schild twisted her right knee. After medical tests revealed a ligament tear, she was operated on Friday in Innsbruck and it was announced that the reigning slalom World Cup champion would be out for about three months meaning she will miss defending her title at home FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming as well as the remainder of the season.
The ladies tour will continue from 28th to 29th December in Semmering (AUT), staging a slalom and giant slalom race.
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