Austria’s Eva-Maria Brem produced a stunning performance to secure a women’s World Cup giant slalom in Slovakia on Monday.
The 27-year-old built a commanding lead in the opening run and carried her momentum into the second with yet another solid display.
In light snowfall, Brem completed the course in an impressive time of 1 minute and 15.26 seconds, beating Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg by the narrowest of margins.
Rebensburg struggled in the morning but stepped it up in the afternoon as she posted the fastest time of the day. The 2010 Olympic gold medallist clocked a time of 1 minute and 13.57 seconds, en route to a hard-fought second place, less than half a second behind the winner.
Italy’s Federica Brignone produced two solid runs but eventually had settle for third place, 0.52 seconds adrift.
Switzerland’s Lara Gut just missed out on a podium finish after completing the course in a combined time of 2 minutes and 31.39 seconds.
This result sees her overtake America’s Lindsey Vonn in the overall standings. The four-time champion, who is now 22 points behind, ended her season last week because of a left knee injury.
Eva-Maria Brem pic.twitter.com/ZwlqaNFZcF— athleticsHR (@athleticsHR) February 18, 2016
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