Germany's Rebensburg wins ladies' super-G

Jan. 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany battled tough conditions Sunday to win the women's World Cup super-giant slalom in snowy Cortina, Italy.

Fresh snow made the course sticky and reduced visibility, but Rebensburg prevailed with a time of 1 minute, 16.45 seconds, 0.33 seconds ahead of Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer.

The win moved the 23-year-old Rebensburg into fifth place in the overall World Cup standings.

"We are kind of used to it," Rebensburg said. "We train a lot in those kind of conditions. I was so focused today that I didn't get disturbed."

Tina Maze of Slovenia, the overall World Cup points leader, was third just 0.01 seconds behind Schmidhofer. "It was a hard battle," Maze said. "I couldn't see anything; my goggles were covered in snow."

Americans Julia Mancuso, Leanne Smith and Lindsey Vonn finished 5-7 respectively.

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