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Rebensburg Leads World Cup Giant Slalom Ahead Of Shiffrin

Friday, December 29, 2017

LIENZ, Austria (AP) — Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany built a slim lead in the opening run of a women's World Cup giant slalom on Friday.

The 2010 Olympic gold medalist edged defending overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States by 0.05 seconds.

Five more skiers finished within three tenths of Rebensburg's time: Slovenia's Tina Robnik and Ana Drev, Italy's Federica Brignone and Sofia Goggia, and French world champion Tessa Worley.

Former overall champions Lara Gut of Switzerland and Anna Veith of Austria, who both returned from knee injuries this season, trailed by 0.78 and 2.05, respectively.

Rebensburg has earned 13 of her 15 career World Cup wins in GS. She won the first two giant slaloms this season in Soelden and Killington, while Shiffrin triumphed in Courchevel 10 days ago.