26 Feb 2010

Germany takes gold in women's giant slalom

7:44 am on 26 February 2010

Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg has won the giant slalom slpine ski event at the Winter Olympics in vancouver.

The result of the race, which had been carried over a day because of poor conditions yesterday, denied the Austrian women a first Olympic gold in the discipline.

Austria's men and women have won everything else on the Alpine ski slopes over the years but the giant slalom has eluded the women since the race was first introduced at the Games in 1952.

With three in the top four after the first run, the Austrians had looked set to end that wait but Rebensburg, lurking in sixth place, had other plans.

Slovenia's Tina Maze took her second silver of the Games while Austria's Elisabeth Goergl, the overnight leader, had to settle for her second bronze.

The race was strung out over two days, a departure from the usual format, due to mountain fog preventing organisers from holding the second run after the first yesterday.

American Lindsey Vonn went out in yesterday's first leg in a crash that also scuppered the chances of team mate Julia Mancuso, the 2006 champion.