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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Rebensburg surprises with gold

Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Unheralded Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany has taken a surprise victory in the Olympic giant slalom, with the first-run leaders slowed by dense fog.

Rebensburg, who had never won a major race, clocked a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 27.11 seconds Thursday down Franz's GS.

Tina Maze of Slovenia was second, 0.12 seconds behind, matching her result in super-G, and first-run leader Elisabeth Goergl of Austria added another bronze, 0.49 back, duplicating her result from downhill.

Rebensburg stood only sixth after the opening leg.

Defending champion Julia Mancuso of the United States finished eighth.