Neither the pity of the new world champion mikaela shiffrin nor the hug of the fallen lindsey vonn could really improve the mood of viktoria rebensburg after the so narrowly missed medal.
"Yes, slice," the 29-year-old said after missing out on a podium finish and bronze in the super-G by a tiny 0.02 seconds at the start of the skiing world championships. She was only 0.07 seconds behind shiffrin in are – the closest she has ever come between gold and nothing in a super-G either at the world championships or the olympics. "Brutally tight, yes. But that’s our sport. The time pays. That’s why the place is safe… Bitter."
Gold for shiffrin from the USA, silver for sofia goggia from italy, bronze for corinne suter from switzerland – and only tin for rebensburg from germany. For the third time in her career, the best female skier in the republic was left with only the most ungrateful of places in a major event. "It’s really the closest. Two hundredths, that’s… I don’t know how much that is converted to. But it’s just nothing," said rebensburg after the tough competition in double-digit minus temperatures in sweden.
As in the 2017 world cup super-G and the 2018 olympic giant slalom, rebensburg finished in a bitter fourth place. From the german team came kira weidle on the 18. Rank. Michaela wenig and meike pfister were eliminated, as was the american vonn.
Looking at the results board at the finish, rebensburg grabbed her helmet and shook her head in disbelief. "I think it was a really good run, no major mistake in it. Sure, two hundredths of a second decide then. Still, I can be proud of what I’ve done," she analyzed, and found a few little nuggets of self-confidence despite the rough exchange.
She did not succeed as well as her rivals in the upper part of the course, which had been shortened due to strong winds, and the athlete from SC kreuth may have lost a medal or even gold there – but it was more likely due to the clouds that had moved in front of the sun just a few minutes before her run. "Vicky had a terrible view. If she had raced at the time I did, we might have had a different winner," shiffrin said.
Unusually extroverted for her circumstances, the 23-year-old celebrated her fourth world championship title, her first in the super-G after three golds in the slalom, with arms raised and a broad smile. "That’s crazy, really crazy," said the best female skier of the present: "i’m not supposed to be world champion in super g!"Shiffrin had already won all three world cups in this discipline in which she had competed this winter. Shiffrin is the second skier in history to win world championship gold in slalom and super-G, after sweden’s anja parson.
A moment of shock for vonn, who crashed heavily into a safety net in her penultimate race before the end of her career. After a short treatment break, the record winner in the world cup got up and skied herself to the finish – where she was hugged by shiffrin before she tried to console rebensburg herself a little later. Before vonn’s fall, the clouds were not yet in the way.