Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg speeds down the course on her way to clock the fastest time in the first run of an Alpine ski World Cup women’s Super G, in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
By Patrick Lang
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy, Jan 20 (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 Nicole Schmidhofer by 0.33 seconds.
The 23-year-old Austrian timed her first podium finish perfectly to boost her chances of being selected for the national team at the world championships in Schladming in two weeks’ time.
World Cup leader Tina Maze finished third, 0.01 behind Schmidhofer, for her 15th podium in 23 races this winter.
The Slovenian, 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.
American Lindsey Vonn, winner of Saturday’s downhill on the same course, finished seventh, 0.83 off the pace.