Rebensburg wins final event in Schladming; takes home GS globe

by Shauna Farnell;

Schladming, Austria (Sports Network) - Viktoria Rebensburg could have come into the final giant slalom race of the 2011-2012 Audi FIS World Cup season and taken it easy and still landed the GS title.

But as she herself said right after Sunday's race in Schladming, "I'm a ski racer. I always want to be on the top and win. Today everything worked out. I'm so, so happy now."

Thus, the German heard her national anthem twice - once for winning the globe (her second straight in GS) and also for winning the race.

Rebensburg established a solid lead after the first run and maintained it even as the summery temperature and bright sun rapidly softened the snow on course. The same lineup as that which led the first run ended up taking the podium: Rebensburg in first with a combined time of 2 minutes, 27.24 seconds, home girl Anna Fenninger in second, 0.64 seconds back and Italian Federica Brignone in third, 1.24 seconds back.

Rebensburg earned the second GS title of her career with 650 points. Lindsey Vonn came in second with 455 points and Tessa Worley - fourth in the final race - came in third for the GS season with 446 points.

Vonn's day was somewhat bittersweet. Although she collected the fourth overall title of her Cup career - becoming the only American to ever do so - collected her 16th globe, having once again won the downhill, super G and super-combined globes this season, the freshest emotion for Vonn was that which came with her final race of the season.

On Saturday with her solid eighth-place finish, Vonn surpassed Janica Kostelic as the female World Cup skier with the most points earned in a single season. On Sunday, she was vying to outdo Hermann Maier's record of 2,000 points. She could have done this with a 12th-place finish or better in the final GS race. She was in 16th place after the first run, strategically planning a good start position for run No. 2. As happens often in the sport of ski racing, plans changed instantly. Pushing out of the start gate, Vonn's right ski pole stuck in the snow and she did the entire run without it, ending up 24th.

OFFICIAL RESULTS - Schladming, Austria

1. Viktoria Rebensburg, GER, 2:27.24; 2. Anna Fenninger, AUT, 2:27.88; 3. Federica Brignone, ITA, 2:28.48; 4. Tessa Worley, FRA, 2:28.79; 5. Julia Mancuso, USA, 2:29.47; 6. Irene Curtoni, ITA, 2:29.59; 7. Anamone Marmottan, FRA, 2:29.60; 8. Marlies Schild, AUT< 2:29.63; 9. Stefanie Koehle, AUT, 2:29.64; 10. Evan-Maria Brem, AUT, 2:29.83.

Other North Americans

24. Lindsey Vonn, USA, 2:31.24.

03/18 09:25:06 ET