20-year-old Viktoria Rebensburg wins Winter Olympics giant slalom gold for Germany

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 25, 2010 9:55 am

German’s Viktoria Rebensburg, a 20-year-old competing in her first Winter Olympics wins the gold in the women’s giant slalom.  Rebensburg had just one podium on the World Cup previously, a second place in giant slalom at Cortina.  She came from sixth position after the first run to stand above all the big names who would challenge her.

For Julia Mancuso, it turns out that, yep, 18th is too far back.  Manucso skied an all-out second run the morning after she lived through misfortune-squared.  Mancuso stood at the top of the podium for six racers, until yesterday’s 1.30 second cushion became too much of an albatross.

Still Mancuso remained on the podium until Tina Maze, the fifth place finisher from yesterday’s first run finally bumped her out of medal contention.  Mancuso jumps from 18th to finish 7th.  A fantastic showing again for Mancuso.  Sarah Schleper finishes 13th.

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, sixth after the first run, skied a nearly flawless second run to stand atop the podium.  Rebensberg was late on a couple gates, and like all racers had to fight the massively difficult snow conditions.  But, she was FAST.  An incredible second run it was for the German, as racer after racer came down to challenge her lead, and when Elisabeth Goergl crossed the line in third, 0.14 seconds back (wow! another super close Winter Olympics finish), Rebensburg became your gold medal winner in the women’s giant slalom. 

Tina Maze, just 0.04 seconds back gets the silver for Slovenia, and Goergl gets the bronze for Austria.

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