Roundup: Rebensburg wins as Vonn struggles

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won a shortened World Cup super-G amid heavy snow Sunday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, while Lindsey Vonn struggled with the difficult conditions and lost her lead in the super-G standings to Tina Maze.

Rebensburg, the Olympic champion in giant slalom, finished in 1 minute 16.45 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course. Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria was second, 0.33 seconds behind, and overall leader Maze of Slovenia took third, 0.34 back.

‘‘Everything fit together top to bottom,’’ Rebensburg said. ‘‘I had a good feeling and my technique was good. Sometimes we have [bad weather] in training, so we are used to that. But it’s a race and you really want to push, and today I was really focused.’’


Vonn, who finished seventh, dropped four points behind Maze in the super-G standings after four of seven races.

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Running away with the title in the overall standings, Maze increased her lead to 718 points ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who finished 19th.

Vonn’s American teammates, Julia Mancuso and Leanne Smith, finished fifth and sixth.

Vonn had won the last four super-G races here and also won Saturday’s downhill for her first victory since returning to the circuit from a three-week break to recover from an intestinal illness.

But the four-time overall champion was never in contention during her run, and when she reached the finish she just shook her head and shrugged her shoulders.


‘‘It was difficult to punch in there today,’’ Vonn said in a TV interview.

‘‘The snow was definitely soft and I got sucked a little bit low on the top section and I was able to make up time on the bottom, but it just wasn’t enough.’’

Men’s slalom — German Felix Neureuther won a World Cup event in Wengen, Switzerland, defeating overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

Neureuther made up a deficit of 0.05 seconds from the first run to beat Hirscher by 0.21 seconds and deny him a fourth straight slalom win.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was third, 0.25 behind Neureuther’s two-run time of 1:50.53. Kostelic was trying to win the Wengen slalom for the fourth straight year.


Ted Ligety of the US, who is third overall, placed 13th, 1.33 behind Neureuther. Ligety earned 20 World Cup points and is 239 behind defending champion Hirscher.

Snowboarding — American Arielle Gold won gold in women’s halfpipe at the world championship in Stoneham, Quebec, edging Austria’s Holly Crawford.

Speedskating — Sang-Hwa Lee of South Korea set a 500-meter world record in World Cup speedskating at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

Lee’s time of 36.80 seconds lowered the mark of 36.94 set by China’s Yu Jinh last January. Other winners included Heather Richardson of the US and Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands in the 1,000.

Luge — Natalie Geisenberger won her fifth luge World Cup event of the season in Winterberg, Germany, leading a German sweep of the top four places.

Olympic champions Andreas and Wolfgang Linger of Austria won the men’s doubles, becoming the first non-Germans to win the event in seven races this season.

Ski jumping — Jan Matura of the Czech Republic won a large hill event in Sapporo, Japan, for his second straight World Cup victory.

Nordic combined — Eric Frenzel of Germany won his second World Cup event of the weekend in Seefeld, Austria. American Taylor Fletcher was third.