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Germany’s Rebensburg captures GS at Aspen

Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg reacts after winning at the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing competition in Aspen, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg reacts after winning at the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing competition in Aspen, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

ASPEN, Colorado – Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany has won a World Cup giant slalom, making up nearly a second on the final run to hold off Elisabeth Goergl of Austria.

Julia Mancuso finished third to become the first American to wind up on the podium at this venue since 2004.

Rebensburg flew through the course in a combined time of 2 minutes, 11.25 seconds, edging Goergl by 0.33 seconds. It was Rebensburg’s fourth World Cup win – all in the giant slalom.

Her teammate, reigning overall World Cup champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch, caught an edge on her final run, skidded off course and didn’t finish.

Lindsey Vonn, who was well back in 21st place after the first run, charged down the challenging course and finished 12th. She’s been bothered by a sore back.