Julia Mancuso cranks a turn during Saturday's World Cup GS on Aspen Mountain. Photo: Jeremy Swanson/AspenSnowmass.com

Julia Mancuso cranks a turn during Saturday's World Cup GS on Aspen Mountain. Photo: Jeremy Swanson/AspenSnowmass.com

VIKTORIA REBENSBURG FROM GERMANY CAPTURES THE GOLD IN THE 2011 NATURE VALLEY ASPEN WINTERNATIONAL

Elisabeth Goergl of Austria was second and American Julia Mancuso captured third place

From AspenSnowmass.com— Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. (Nov. 26) — Viktoria Rebensburg bested the world’s top female skiers completing the challenging course with a combined time of 2:11.25 to win the Giant Slalom in the 2011 Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Women’s Alpine World Cup.

Rebensburg was thirty-three one-hundredth of a second faster than the second place finisher Austrian Elisabeth Goergl and fourty-four one-hundredth of a second faster than American Julia Mancuso.

“For me this is the most difficult giant slalom on the World Cup, but the piste was perfect and the course suits my style,” said winner Rebensburg.

American Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA finished third, the first American on the podium in Aspen since 2004 when Kristina Koznick finished third in the slalom. American Lindsey Vonn finished 12th.

“It’s impressive to see how Aspen, as a community, supports this race,” said Mancuso.