Alpine skiing: Rebensburg wins foggy Super-G in Cortina

Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:49am EST
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By Patrick Lang

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg made the most of changing conditions to take her second victory of the World Cup season in a women's Super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo on Sunday.

The 2010 giant slalom Olympic champion beat snow and fog to clock one minute and 16.45 seconds and snatch her second win in the discipline after the World Cup finals in Schladming last year.

Rebensburg, who also won a giant slalom in Are last month and now has 10 World Cup race wins, beat second-placed Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer by 0.33 seconds.

"Obviously the conditions were special but I think I skied a pretty good run. In the end, only the result matters and it's a good one to take before the world championships", said the German.

Schmidhofer, 23, timed her first podium finish perfectly to boost her chances of being selected for the national team at the world championships on home snow in Schladming in two weeks' time.

World Cup overall leader Tina Maze finished third, 0.01 behind Schmidhofer, for her 15th podium in 23 races this winter.

"I was not feeling too well and I skied a controlled, precise race. I'm proud of being on the podium in these conditions", said the Slovenian, on course for the record of 18 podiums in a season held by Liechtenstein's Hanni Wenzel since 1980.

Maze, now leading Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch by 718 points in the overall World Cup standings - the equivalent of seven victories with only 14 races left - is the only skier ever to have scored top three placings in six different disciplines in the same season.   Continued...

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany celebrates on the podium after winning the women's Super G event at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Cortina d'Ampezzo January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito