The Slovenia Times

Maze Takes the Lead also in Slalom Standings


Maze, who has already secured the crystal globe for victory in the World Cup overall standings and the small globe in giant slalom, won her 22nd podium this season, which puts her abreast with Austrian skiing champion Hermann Maier, who managed the same feat in the 1999/2000 season.

Maze finished the first run in second place behind Mikaela Shiffrin of the US, but then launched full attack in the second run to beat the US rival for the lead in slalom standings and win her second slalom of the season.

Maze is now seven points ahead of Shiffrin, who finished the race third (+0.75), behind Wendy Holdener of Switzerland (+0.25), who secured her first World Cup podium.

Seeing her rival finish the race behind her, Maze put her hands on her head in amazement, lied down with her back on the ground and put up her hands in celebration of her success.

"Hermann is one of the grandest. To have matched his record leaves me speechless," the 29-year Slovenian skier said after the race.

Her overall lead increased to 2,254 points, far beyond Maier's previous record of 2000 points.

Maze has good chances to secure the remaining three crystal globes at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, next week and is thus poised to become the first ever skier to win standings in all disciplines.

She will be up against Americans in all three disciplines: she has a 55-point lead ahead Julia Mancuso in super-G, v seven ahead of Shiffrin in slalom and one point behind Lindsey Vonn in downhill World Cup standings.


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