Dominant Maze wins women's combined at worlds

Mon Feb 9, 2015 7:46pm EST
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By Steve Keating

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) - Slovenia's Tina Maze positioned herself to become the queen of the alpine ski world championships by winning gold in the super combined on Monday and denying Austria a sweep of the medal podium.

While Austrians have reached the podium in all but one event since last week, Maze has been the individual star by collecting her second gold and third medal with a combined time of two minutes 33.37 seconds.

"I am totally exhausted today," said Maze. "It's a tough programme, a late (slalom) time and really warm so it's all getting even harder and a tough downhill in the morning so it's a pretty tough day.

"But winning is always amazing and even if you have no energy, now you can recover for the next day."

Austria's Nicole Hosp, the combined silver medallist at last year's Sochi Olympics, finished second, followed by compatriots Michaela Kirchgasser and Anna Fenninger.

The Austrians now have three gold medals, two silvers and a bronze from six events at Beaver Creek, failing only to reach the podium in the blue riband men's downhill.

Lindsey Vonn, who was in seventh place after the morning leg, skied out after missing a gate early in her slalom run.

Maze's latest gold kept her on track to join Norway's Lasse Kjus as the only skiers to win medals in all five disciplines at a world championships. Kjus accomplished the feat in 1999.   Continued...

Feb 9, 2015; Beaver Creek, CO, USA; Tina Maze of Slovenia celebrates at the flower ceremony after winning the women's alpine combined in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Raptor Racecourse. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports