Rebensburg shocks field for easy maiden World Cup downhill victory

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

German wins on home snow ahead of Brignone, Ledecka and Goggia.

Viktoria Rebensburg added gloss to her FIS World Cup record with a maiden downhill victory on Saturday at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here is all you need to know:

– Rebensburg, 30, went into the race on home snow with 18 World Cup race victories in super-G (4) and giant slalom (14) as well as three World Cup giant slalom titles.

– She had never won in downhill, though, with in-form Italian Federica Brignone, Czech sensation Ester Ledecka and Olympic champion Sofia Goggia tipped to star.

– Brignone set the fastest time early on, however Rebensburg responded to criticism in the German media for her form by storming down in a time of 1m41.94s.

– Ledecka and Goggia tried hard to beat her time, but fell short by 0.83s and 0.95s respectively in third and fourth as Brignone finished in second 0.61s behind.

– Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic GS champion, had made it on a World Cup downhill podium six times in the past with three second places and three third places.

– It was her second 2019/2020 victory after the Lake Louise super-G and it lifted her to fifth in the FIS World Cup overall standings behind American Mikaela Shiffrin, who did not compete after the death of her father Jeff.

– It was Ledecka’s second FIS World Cup alpine podium, while Swiss Corinne Suter now leads the downhill crystal globe race from Shiffrin and Ledecka after finishing fifth.

– The last 10 women’s FIS World Cup downhills have been won by 10 different skiers with Rebensburg again among the favourites for Sunday’s super-G competition.

FIS World Cup women’s downhill from Garmisch-Partenkirchen:
1. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) 1:41.94
2. Federica Brignone (Italy) +0.61
3. Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) +0.83
4. Sofia Goggia (Italy) +0.95
5. Corinne Suter (Switzerland) +0.98
6. Ilka Stuhec (Slovenia) +1.52
7. Joana Haehlen (Switzerland) +1.63
8. Petra Vlhova (Slovakia) +1.74
9. Francesca Marsaglia (Italy) +1.77
10. Elisabeth Reisinger (Austria) +1.80

FIS World Cup women’s overall standings:
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1,255 points
2. Federica Brignone (Italy) 1,035
3. Petra Vlhova (Slovakia) 862
4. Marta Bassino (Italy) 640
5. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) 556
6. Corinne Suter (Switzerland) 517
7. Wendy Holdener (Switzerland) 503
8. Sofia Goggia (Italy) 479
9. Michelle Gisin (Switzerland) 417
10. Lara Gut-Behrami (Switzerland) 354

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