Alpine skiing-Versatile Maze wins super combined

Fri Dec 7, 2012 9:36am EST
 

By Manuele Lang

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - Tina Maze showed off her vastly improved all-round skills to win a super-combined event for her third victory of the Alpine ski World Cup season on Friday.

The Slovenian giant slalom world champion was fastest in both legs of the event with a combined time of two minutes 1.76 seconds.

Maze, who leads the overall standings, kissed her skis after the morning super-G leg, the only discipline in which she has yet to win a World Cup race.

If she repeats the feat in Saturday's super-G on the same course, Maze would become only the sixth woman to have won in all five World Cup specialties.

"I came to St Moritz to win all three races and I don't care if the others think I'm arrogant," said Maze, who will also race a giant slalom in the Swiss resort on Sunday.

"It's true that I have not yet won a super-G but I work so hard that I have my chances. To have won both the super-G leg and the slalom today makes it feel like a double victory," added Maze, who won the only downhill of her career in St Moritz.

After also winning the two giant slaloms held so far, Maze leads Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who was fourth on Friday, by 128 points in the overall standings.

The big disappointment of the day was Lindsey Vonn, who failed to complete the afternoon's slalom leg and scored no points.   Continued...

 
Tina Maze of Slovenia reacts in the finish area after the Super-G run of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup Super Combined race at the Corviglia in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer -