In the Giant Slalom in Jasna, Slovakia, Viktoria Rebensburg skied a phenomenal second run and leapt from 12th to 2nd place.
The gods were once again not kind to the skiers at last weekend’s competition – the strong winds forced the organisers to postpone the Giant Slalom to the Monday.
Conditions on the Monday were much better – except for the sun hiding behind thick cloud most of the time – and Viktoria was the fourth skier out of the box, landing after the first run in 12th place.
Those people who thought the girl from Kreuth in Bavaria would not make it back into the Top Ten were in for a big surprise. After her somewhat unfortunate first run Viktoria needed to vent her anger – on the second run she really let it rip and achieved an outstanding second place. The Giant Slalom run is long, but Viktoria got off to a flying start that was aggressive, yet controlled, enabling her to continually extend her lead over the competition. The competitors skiing after Viktoria were not able to top her excellent time and had to fall in line behind 26-year-old Viktoria. It was only Eva-Maria Brem from Austria, with her lead of almost 2 seconds in the first run, who crossed the finishing line 0.27 seconds faster. Third place went to Federica Brignone from Italy.
“It really was my kind of run, I got into a good rhythm. I am pleased with my second place. Nevertheless it is still a real shame that things didn’t go so well in the first run,” was the way Viktoria commented on the race. On the second to the last racing weekend of the season our DSV athlete will be in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, where the Super-G is to be held on Saturday and the Alpine Combination on Sunday.