For the second time this season Viktoria Rebensburg nailed first place in Maribor. This means that she has edged her way up to third place in the overall World Cup standings, in the Giant Slalom standings even to second place.
Last weekend in the Slovenian resort of Maribor the conditions were anything but wintry. With springlike temperatures above freezing and the competition course lined with green grass on both sides, the skiers had above all to deal with snow that was much too soft. Viktoria, as the first skier out of the box, clocked a good time and set the bar high right away. The only skier to beat Viktoria’s time was Austrian Eva-Maria Brem – by 0.3 seconds.
In the second run Viktoria’s turn at the third slalom gate was too tight, nevertheless she managed to maintain her speed well and whooshed past the finishing line in first place, setting the best time. Brem, who had been leading up to that point, messed up in the second run and landed on fourth place. Places two and three went to Ana Drev of Slovenia and Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein.
“I was not very satisfied with my first run and so I tried to focus totally on myself. After making the mistake at the beginning of the second run I had more or less decided that the giant slalom was over and done with, but of course I carried on fighting right to the end,” were Viktoria’s comments on the race. “That was why I was all the more surprised at the end of the run that I had actually skied the fastest time. I am over the moon about winning the race! It has shown me that I am absolutely on track and capable of winning, even if sometimes I don’t manage to ski the perfect run.”