FIS World Cup Giant Slalom brings the best to Killington

Victoria Rebensburg of Germany

FIS World Cup Giant Slalom brings the best to Killington

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The FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom race at Killington ended in light rain and tears for the local crowd as the US' Mikaela Shiffrin finished second behind Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.

Rebensburg won this year's season opener, the giant slalom in Sölden and has now won 14 World Cup races in total and could surpass Martina Ertl-Renz (14) for outright fourth place all-time among German women. It was her second World Cup win in the United States, the only other took place in Aspen for a giant slalom win in 2011.

Manuela Moelgg of Italy, at 34 the oldest skier in the competition, made the incredible leap from her 15th place start position to a third place podium appearance. Mölgg has recorded the most top-three finishes among women in this World Cup event without winning a single race.

The crowd at Killington exceeded that of last year's event, bringing World Cup skiing back to the East Coast for the second year in a row. The roar as Shiffrin came down the hill was deafening. Rebensberg could hear it in the starting gate.

With tomorrow's slalom event, Shiffrin has another chance to shine for the hometown crowd.

 

Mikaela Shiffrin (2nd), Viktoria Rebensburg (1st), Manuela Moelgg (3rd). ©Mark D Phillips, markdphillips.com

 

Shiffrin held First Place for about a minute. ©Mark D Phillips, markdphillips.com

 

Lara Gut finishes 23rd in the Giant Slalom during  the FIS Ski World Cup at Killington in her second race since returning from injury. ©Mark D Phillips, markdphillips.com

 

Tessa Worley of France finished in sixth place in the Giant Slalom during the FIS Ski World Cup at Killington unable to repeat last year's victory. ©Mark D Phillips, markdphillips.com

 

Manuela Moelgg of Italy, the oldest skier in the competition, recorded the most top-three finishes among women in this World Cup event without winning a single race. ©Mark D Phillips, markdphillips.com

 

An absolutely beautiful day greeted the best women ski racers in the world as they took on Killington's Superstar trail in the second year that the event has been held at Vermont's largest ski area.

Last year's winner Tessa Worley of France told the crowd that "the conditions were some of the best we have ever seen" with the ten feet of man-made snow hardened to a surface that glistened brightly in the early morning sun. Worley is holding the fifth place position after her first run.

Victoria Rebensburg of Germany flew down the course, taking a first run lead .26 ahead of the US' Mikaela Shiffrin, and .57 ahead of Manuela Moelogg of Italy. Less than a second seperates first place and sixth place.

Manuela Moelgg of Italy, the oldest skier in the competition, made the incredible leap from her 15th place start position to a third place finish in the first run of the Ladies' Giant Slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup.

The afternoon stands to be exciting as it is still a wide open path to the podium.

 

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany powers her way to the first place position after the first run at the Ladies Giant Slalom during the FIS Ski World Cup at Killington.

 

Mikaela Shiffrin takes a gate during her 2nd place finish in the first run of the Ladies' Giant Slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup.

 

Manuela Moelgg keeps her eyes on the finish during her third place finish in the first run of the Ladies' Giant Slalom at the FIS Ski World Cup