The only way to describe Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg’s weekend is “The thrill of victory and the Agony of Defeat”.
A week following fellow German Thomas Dressen’s Downhill historic victory in Garmisch, the hometown crowd was once again treated to a second Downhill victory with Bavarian-native Viktoria Rebensburg laying down a near-perfect run topping out all competitors with at 1:41:94 winning time. Federica Brignone (ITA) continued with her strong season finding second (+0.61) while the always entertaining Ester Ledecka attacked her way into the 3rd place only +0.83 behind Rebensburg.
But Sunday would end differently for Rebensburg. Garmisch’s dark and icy Kandahar course delivered a season-ending crash to the German just seconds after the second time split. In a right-footed turn Rebensburg’s right ski tracked outward weighting a left-leg compression and slide-out crash into the that ended in crash netting. The unfortunate accident resulted in a fractured tibia likely ending her season.
Only four racers later, Italian Soffia Goggia slid out on a left-footed turn taking out a gate and colliding at high speed into the B-netting. The collision resulted in a fractured arm (lower-limb) leaving her 2020 season in question. For Goggia, this is the second straight season cut short by injuries when she broke her right ankle during an October 2019 Giant Slalom training run in Hinertux, Austria.
In contrast, after her 5th place finish in the Saturday’s Downhill, Swiss skier Corinne Suter, captured her first career Super-G win Sunday with a 1:19:46 finish. Suter characterized her first-place finish her win on Instagram stating: “The GOLDEN DAYS….Not only because I won – because I skied with my head free and my heart full”. Following Suter was Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer with a podium-capturing 2nd place finish (+0.43), and fellow Swiss Wendy Holdener (+0.70) who grabbed 3rd place (+0.70) and her 2nd career Super-G podium.
Suter’s weekend performance advances her the 1st place season ranking in both the Super-G and Downhill disciplines. Likewise, Federica Brignone’s continued strong showings are boosting her World Cup point total to 1,080 and within striking distance of Overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin’s with 1,225.
The women’s World Cup picks up in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia next weekend (February 15th & 16th) featuring the Slalom and Giant Slalom technical events.