After her surprisingly successful Olympic debut in Vancouver, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany has continues to prove herself to be one of the leading technical skiers in the world. Four years ago she was considered an intriguing future prospect, but arrived ahead of schedule winning gold in a giant slalom competition that saw favored Americans Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso falter. But Rebensburg showed her victory was no fluke, winning giant slalom World Cup titles in 2011 and 2012.
- 2012: World Cup Standings – 1st (giant slalom)
- 2011: World Cup Standings – 1st (giant slalom)
- 2010: Olympics – Gold (giant slalom)
Things to know:
1. Rebensburg hails from Kreuth in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany, just five miles from the Austrian border.
2. In October 2009, Rebensburg was named Junior Sportswoman of the Year after winning Junior World Championships gold in super-G and giant slalom. Other notable German recipients of the honor include 2010 Olympic slalom and super-combined champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch (2004) and three-time Olympic gold medalist Anni Friesinger (1996).
3. When she’s not skiing, Rebensburg says she enjoys playing golf. Her favorite food is sushi and her favorite band is Kings of Leon. Her lucky number is 44.