Rebensburg skies to victory at Are giant slalom

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Rebensburg skies to victory at Are giant slalom

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After a third place finish in Aspen and a second place finish in St Moritz, Olympic champion and German skier Viktoria Rebensburg finally bagged her first victory of the season on Wednesday when she won the Giant Slalom in Are, Sweden.

The 23-year-old defied the challenging weather conditions to clock the fastest time in the first run, where she was over a second quicker than her rivals,

She then suberbly overcame a near miss in the second to take the win.

The two-time defending World Cup giant slalom champion clocked a combined winning time of 2 minutes and 28.94 seconds for a career nineth World Cup victory.

Austrian Anna Fenninger was third after the first leg, but produced a solid effort in the second to move up one place and claim the runners-up spot.

Fenniger ended the day just over six tenths of a second off the pace for her second podium finish of the new campaign, after a third place in the Super G at Lake Louis at the beginning of December.

Rounding off the podium in third was Tina Maze. After four giant slalom wins from five this season, the 29-year-old Slovenian remains top of the discipline standings on 460 points, 154 points clear of second placed Austrian Kathrin Zettel.

Maze also heads the overall standings – a whopping 351 points ahead of Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch.