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Viktoria Rebensburg, Olympic giant slalom champion, retires

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Viktoria Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic giant slalom champion from Germany, announced her retirement from Alpine skiing on Tuesday.

“Today is certainly not an easy day for me, as I have decided to end my career with immediate effect after 13 years,” was posted on her social media. “I made this decision with a heavy heart & after much consideration over the last few weeks.”

Rebensburg, a 30-year-old with 19 World Cup wins, said that, after an unspecified injury in the spring and two months of on-snow training, she wouldn’t be able to reach her absolute top level.

“From a very young age, it has always been my ambition & incentive to compete for success & to inspire you on the slopes,” she posted. “But now that I have the feeling that I can no longer live up to this, this is a very difficult but inevitable decision for me.”

Rebensburg suffered a fracture in one of her tibias on Feb. 9 in a World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, about 40 miles west of her hometown in the Bavarian Alps. The day before she won a World Cup downhill.

Rebensburg is the last 2010 Olympic women’s Alpine medalist to retire. Mikaela Shiffrin, who developed into a rival to Rebensburg in the GS, is the lone Olympic women’s champion from 2010 or 2014 still active.

Rebensburg won the Vancouver Olympic GS by .04 after Lindsey Vonn crashed out, Julia Mancuso was forced to take a re-run and a weather delay pushed the second run to the following day. Rebensburg notched her first World Cup podium two weeks before those Winter Games.

She also won world championships GS silver medals in 2015 and 2019 and three World Cup season titles in the discipline. Her best World Cup overall finish was third in 2016 and 2018.

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Sofia Goggia, Viktoria Rebensburg suffer season-ending crashes in super-G

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Olympic champions Sofia Goggia and Viktoria Rebensburg suffered season-ending injuries from crashes in a World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday.

Goggia, the 2018 Olympic downhill champion from Italy, suffered a fracture in her left arm, according to the International Ski Federation. Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic giant slalom champion from Germany, suffered a fracture in one of her tibias, according to her national federation.

Goggia previously had four knee surgeries, missed the 2014 Olympics with an ACL tear and sat out the first two months of the 2018-19 season after fracturing her right ankle in a training fall.

Rebensburg won Saturday’s downhill in Garmisch and has been one of Mikaela Shiffrin‘s giant slalom rivals for several seasons.

Swiss Corinne Suter won Saturday’s race to move into first place in the World Cup super-G standings. Full results are here.

Suter leads both the downhill and super-G standings despite never winning a World Cup race before this season, though she did earn silver and bronze medals at the 2019 World Championships.

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup moves to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for a giant slalom and slalom next Saturday and Sunday.

Shiffrin’s status for those events is unknown following the unexpected death of her father, Jeff, last Sunday.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly labeled Suter as Austrian.

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Mikaela Shiffrin misses podium as Olympic golds quest gets tougher

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Plenty of talk about Mikaela Shiffrin possibly winning three gold medals in PyeongChang, but the last two days showed just how tough that task will be.

France’s Tessa Worley notched her first international giant slalom win on Saturday since claiming the world championships and World Cup titles in the event last season.

German Viktoria Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic GS champ, was second on Saturday, extending her lead in this season’s World Cup GS standings.

Shiffrin was seventh, four days after crashing out of the previous giant slalom. Before this week, Shiffrin placed in the top six of the last 15 giant slaloms since the start of the 2016-17 season.

Full Saturday results are here.

Lenzerheide marked the final World Cup giant slalom before the Olympics.

Shiffrin was the strongest GS racer around the new year, but Rebensburg has unquestionably been the top woman in the event over the whole season. The German has three wins and two runners-up in seven World Cup GS races.

Couple that with Swiss Wendy Holdener routing Friday’s super combined by 1.55 seconds. Holdener won the 2017 world title in the combined, though Shiffrin wasn’t in that field or in Friday’s race. Holdener also recorded both victories on home snow in Switzerland.

Shiffrin has been billed as the Olympic favorite in slalom, GS and the combined — Sports Illustrated picked her to win all three — but it wouldn’t shock anyone if Worley, Rebensburg or Holdener keeps the world’s best all-around skier from the record-tying triple.

Toni SailerJean-Claude Killy and Janica Kostelic share the mark of three Alpine titles at a single Games.

Shiffrin headlines her trademark event, a slalom, in Lenzerheide on Sunday, streaming on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app with the second run also airing on NBCSN.

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