OLYMPICS: Maze Wins Gold in Giant Slalom

Sochi, 18 February - Slovenian skier Tina Maze won gold in the women's giant slalom in Sochi on Tuesday to win her second gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics and sixth overall medal for Slovenia.

Sochi, Russia
Slovenia's Tina Maze wins women's giant slalom race at the Sochi Olympics
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

With bib 1, Maze was flawless in the first run to take the lead, and managed to keep it in the second run, finishing 0.07 seconds ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria and 0.27 seconds ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.

Maze won her and Slovenia's first Olympic gold last Wednesday, beating the competition in downhill after finishing fourth in super combined two days earlier. She now has four Olympic medals, including two silvers from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

The excited Maze told the press she believed that she could win gold in giant slalom, which is her best discipline. She won as many as 13 giant slalom events in the World Cup last season.

"It was very tough losing two medals by 0.1 of a second," the reigning World Cup winner said, referring to last week's super combined event and super G.

Slovenia's Katarina Lavtar meanwhile finished 20th (-3.77) and Ilka Štuhec was 31st (-7.98).

Slovenia already has two gold medals in Sochi after failing to win a single Olympic gold medal in all previous tries. Maze was already the most successful Slovenian winter Olympian before the Sochi Games with two silvers.

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