The North America trip has ended very successfully for Viktoria Rebensburg. The giant slalom specialist performed excellently in the first speed-races of the season and collected some important overall World Cup points. With her tenth and fifth places in downhill and a very good fourth position in super-G, Viktoria clearly demonstrated that her form curve is still on an up.
Despite heavy snowfalls, Viktoria raced to a good tenth place in the first downhill of the World Cup season, approximately one second behind Tina Maze (Slovenia), who won ahead of Anna Fenninger from Austria and Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein.
“I already had a very good feeling after the training sessions. The speed was appropriate and the clocked times were very good, just like in training. So I definitely aimed to finish in the Top 15; coming tenth, of course, makes it even better”, said the happy 25-year-old.
The 2010 Olympic Champion showed her ability to do even better on Saturday. Finishing fifth, 19 hundredths behind the third Julia Mancuso (USA), she just missed the podium. The US-American Lindsey Vonn won, followed by her compatriot Stacey Cook.
Viktoria said she was satisfied with her achievement, coming closer to her aim to become part of the first downhill start group by the end of the season.
The first Super G of the season took place on Sunday, rounding off the weekend in Lake Louise. Boosted by her successful downhill races, the giant slalom specialist had a convincing performance in the next discipline, finishing fourth. She missed her first podium this season by only 6 hundredths of a second. The Swiss Lara Gut won with a time of 1:18.46, with Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze coming second and third.
After this very successful weekend Viktoria went home feeling reassured and announced: “I will reclaim those 6 hundredths at one point.”
Her next opportunity will be in her favourite discipline giant slalom in Are next Friday.