Alpine skiing-Maze wins third giant slalom in succession

Sun Dec 9, 2012 12:16pm EST
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By Manuele Lang

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - Tina Maze increased her lead in the overall Alpine ski World Cup standings when she won her third victory in as many giant slaloms on Sunday.

The Slovenian's fourth win of the season put her on 677 points, ahead of Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch by 234 points while American Lindsey Vonn lies third, a further 29 points behind.

Maze, the giant slalom world champion, clocked two minutes 11.07 seconds to upstage Olympic champion Vitkoria Rebensburg by 0.08 seconds while France's Tessa Worley was third, 0.55 adrift.

Maze had won Friday's super-combined in St Moritz before finishing just behind Vonn in Saturday's super-G on the same course.

Vonn, who has never been at her best in giant slalom, was fifth after Sunday's first leg but crashed in the afternoon run and ended up 27th.

"I came here hoping to win three races and I did more than half the job," Maze told reporters.

"Two out of three is not bad but I was really looking forward to the super-G because I have never won in this discipline. I know it's not over but I like it when I stick to my plan."

Vonn said: "I did everything I could today and I had the impression I skied well. I'm sorry to finish like this because I know I could have done much better but now I don't have anything left in me."   Continued...

Tina Maze of Slovenia speeds down during the first run of the Giant slalom race at the women's Alpine skiing World Cup at the Corviglia in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann