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Rebensburg earns her first victory of the season

Dec 19, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

Mitchell Gunn Mitchell Gunn

Lindsey Vonn is on break and Tina Maze is on fire, but on Wednesday a different familiar face was on top of the giant slalom podium: Viktoria Rebensburg.

The Vancouver gold medalist in the discipline used a strong first run to put some distance between her and her competitors, then held them off on her second run, finishing with a total time of 2:28.94.

Despite being the two-time defending GS champ, Wednesday’s victory was the German’s first of the season.¬†She has nine career World Cup wins.

Maze, who had won four straight giant slalom races, finished third in Sweden, but still increased her overall World Cup lead; she’s now outpacing the pack
by nearly two-to-one in points.

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