She’s human. It took five GS races this season, but the field was finally able to snag one away from current World Cup Overall leader Tina Maze under the lights in Are, Sweden Wednesday.

To get the job done, it took an Olympic GS champion in Viktoria Rebensburg, who skied a smoking-fast first run and nearly went out in the second. It was the first of two major second-run mistakes, but the German had enough time in reserve to complete her first victory of the season — just more than sixth-tenths faster than Austria’s Anna Fenninger (second) and nine-tenths faster the Maze (third).

After such dominance by Maze in the discipline this season, perhaps the length of the Are course, roughly 15 seconds longer than most others, was a factor. With a lot of variety and terrain features, the hill meanders in and around trees with both flat and steep sections — unlike the race earlier in the week, Courchevel, which is more of a wall.  

Like Rebenburg, it was also the best result of the season for Fenninger, who put together two clean runs, but gradually lost time on Tessa Worley’s fastest second-run pace. Fenninger’s buffer proved to be enough, as she locked down a podium position coming through the finish, ultimately knocking Worley to fourth.

For Maze, the long course may have taken its toll, as she skied the second run aggressive, perhaps too aggressive up top, then appeared sluggish in her movements toward the bottom. Nevertheless, 60 more points toward the overall is nothing to sneeze at, especially with a 351-point gap over Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch in the rankings.

For Julia Mancuso, who made some mistakes earlier in the evening, it was a noticeable improvement from one run to the next. After finishing 20th in the first lap, Mancuso went into full attack mode, executed better and skied the seventh-fastest second run. She improved to 14th on the day, even able to spend a bit of time in the leader’s box.

After finishing the first run 17th, Mikaela Shiffrin was no doubt disappointed with an early DNF in her second. The 17-year-old found herself a little late on the steep upper part of the course; she got caught on the inside ski, and that was the end of her day.

This story will be updated.

by Hank McKee
Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Are, Sweden, Dec. 19, 2012

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
2 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head
3 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
4 Worley, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
6 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head
7 Brem, Voelkl/Fischer/Marker
8 Lindell-Vikarby, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
9 Poutianinen, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
10 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Women’s World Giant Slalom, Are, Sweden, Dec. 19, 2012. … It is the 26th race of the 73 race 2012-13 World Cup season. … It is the 15th race of the 43rd race women’s schedule, the 14th to be held. … It is the fifth of nine scheduled women’s giant slaloms. … It is the 84th Cup race to be hosted by Are (plus half of a combined). … the 27th GS. … Just the third race at Are to be held in December.

It is the ninth career win for Viktoria Rebensburg and eighth in GS. … It is her first with and third podium of the season. … It is her first win and second podium at Are. … She is second all time among German racers for GS wins behind Martina Ertl’s 10.

It is the 11th career World Cup podium for Anna Fenninger. … her third in GS. … She tops by one placing her previous best at Are, scored last March 9. … It is her second podium of the season after a third in super G at Lake Louise Dec. 2.

It is the 46th career World Cup podium for Tina Maze. … and her eighth of the season. … She had won all previous GS races this season. … She has also registered podiums in combined (St Moritz), in super G (St Moritz) and in slalom (Aspen). … It is her fifth career podium scored at Are and her third best result at Are.

It is the ninth best career result at Are for Julia Mancuso. … her fourth best at Are in GS. … She has scored in ten of the 14 women’s races held so far this season. … It is the ninth career World Cup GS point performance for Marie-Pier Prefontaine. … Her third of the season.

Maze leads the World Cup overall standings 859-508 over Marie Hoefl-Riesch (sixth in race). … Zettel is third with 466pts. … Lindsey Vonn (did not race) is fourth with 414pts and Mancuso seventh with 345pts. … Marie-Michele Gagnon (DNF 1st) is the top Canadian in 14th with 164pts. … Maze leads the GS standings 460-306 for Zettel. … Rebensburg is third with 204pts. … Mancuso leads the US in 16th with 84pts. … Gagnon the Canadians in 20th with 70pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 1925-1378 over the US. … Germany is third with 1207. … Canada is ninth with 239.

Are (SWE)

FIS World Cup
Ladies’ Giant Slalom
Dec. 19, 2012


Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time
 1 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:13.94  1:15.00  2:28.94
 2 FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT   1:15.09  1:14.47  2:29.56
 3 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:15.06  1:14.79  2:29.85
 4 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   1:16.12  1:13.92  2:30.04
 5 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE   1:15.89  1:14.32  2:30.21
 6 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:15.88  1:14.52  2:30.40
 7 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT   1:16.48  1:14.32  2:30.80
 8 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:16.87  1:14.25  2:31.12
 9 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   1:16.49  1:14.83  2:31.32
 10 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   1:16.09  1:15.25  2:31.34
 11 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:16.26  1:15.23  2:31.49
 12 GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT   1:16.43  1:15.12  2:31.55
 13 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:16.89  1:14.69  2:31.58
 14 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:17.39  1:14.48  2:31.87
 15 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR   1:16.52  1:15.54  2:32.06
 16 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria  1986  SWE   1:17.56  1:14.61  2:32.17
 17 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:17.85  1:14.79  2:32.64
 18 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:18.02  1:14.68  2:32.70
 19 BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA   1:18.31  1:14.46  2:32.77
 20 HECTOR Sara  1992  SWE   1:18.19  1:14.83  2:33.02
 21 SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI   1:18.01  1:15.08  2:33.09
 22 BERTRAND Marion  1984  FRA   1:17.95  1:15.20  2:33.15
 23 BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA   1:18.01  1:15.77  2:33.78
 24 DREV Ana  1985  SLO   1:17.49  1:16.68  2:34.17
 25 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN   1:17.00  1:17.18  2:34.18
 26 GISIN Dominique  1985  SUI   1:17.45  1:16.95  2:34.40
Did not qualify for 2nd run
  LOESETH Nina  1989  NOR       
  ZAHROBSKA Sarka  1985  CZE       
  MUKOUGAWA Sakurako  1992  JPN       
  THALMANN Carmen  1989  AUT       
  KAWAURA Asuka  1993  JPN       
  SWENN-LARSSON Anna  1991  SWE       
  RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA       
  DEPAULI Jessica  1991  AUT       
  HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT       
  STABER Veronika  1987  GER       
  HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER       
  WIRTH Barbara  1989  GER       
  AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA       
  DUERR Lena  1991  GER       
  KARBON Denise  1980  ITA       
Did not finish 2nd run
  SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA       
  MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA       
  MARMOTTAN Anemone  1988  FRA       
  CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA       
Did not finish 1st run
  LEMGART Charlotte Techen  1993  DAN       
  COSTAZZA Chiara  1984  ITA       
  KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE       
  HOSHI Mizue  1985  JPN       
  STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA       
  BAUD Adeline  1992  FRA       
  HOESL Simona  1992  GER       
  FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA       
  GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN       

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Geoff Mintz
Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism.



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