No sharing world downhill gold for Maze

Fri Feb 6, 2015 4:28pm EST
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By Steve Keating

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) - Tina Maze had to share Olympic downhill gold but top spot at the alpine ski world championships was hers alone on Friday, as the Slovenian speedster outraced Anna Fenninger in the blue riband event.

Maze, who tied with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at the Sochi Winter Games, was virtually in a class of her own on a sun-kissed day as she shot down a challenging Raptor track in one minute, 45.89 seconds.

Austria's Anna Fenninger, who won the championship-opening Super-G on the same layout on Tuesday, took second with Swiss speedster Lara Gut third.

A philosophical Maze was edged for Super-G gold by 0.03 seconds but on Friday good fortune was on her side as she pipped Fenninger by a wafer-thin margin of 0.02.

"It's amazing, it's crazy good," said Maze after collecting her eighth world championship medal (three gold, five silver. "Finally, I understood this hill, how you should ski.

"It's a hard hill to ski, but when you ski like that, it's so much fun."

For much of the race, the packed grandstand and thousands of spectators lining the course waited patiently for American speed queen Lindsey Vonn, the most successful women's skier of all-time with 64 World Cup wins, to launch her bid for gold.

The favourite after topping the World Cup podium five times in 10 races this season, including two downhill wins, Vonn posted the fastest times through two intervals.   Continued...

Tina Maze of Slovenia waves to the crowd during the medals ceremony for the women's Super G in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Championships Plaza.  Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports