Tina Maze finally found the hundredths of a second she needed to go from silver medalist to world champion. The Slovenian veteran lived up to her No. 1 bib in the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen today, and after her run of silver medals in the world championships and the Winter Olympics over the last two years, landed her first gold. Tina Maze already won the Silver medal in the Super-Combined at the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. She also finished the Ladies Giant Slalom at the Olympic Games in Vancouver last year and at the World Championships in Val-d’Isère in 2009 on the second place. "It’s greeeeaaat!", said Maze in the finish area. "I’m so happy. I was fighting for it a long time and the hundredths weren’t on my side but this time it worked out".
After leading the first run, delayed for two hours due to fog on the Kandahar course, Maze held on to just enough speed for the gold medal, finishing with a total time of 2 minutes, 20.54 seconds, just 0.09 hundredths of a second ahead of Italian silver medalist Federica Brignone and 0.48 ahead of French bronze medalist Tessa Worley.
The 2011 world championships continue on Friday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with Men’s Giant Slalom followed by Ladies Slalom on Saturday and wrap up with Men’s Slalom on Sunday.
From February 7th to February 20th 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen will again be center of the Ski World during the 41st FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the former twin cities "under the Zugspitze", is one of the most famous winter sport resorts of the whole alpine region. Olympic Winter Games in 1936, Arlberg Kandahar races since 1954, FIS Ski World Cups since 1970 , FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1978 and FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in 2009 the list of events shows why Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also called the cradle of ski racing in Germany. 525 athletes -208 ladies and 317 men- from 69 nations, more than any from the last five world alpine ski championships, will be competing for medals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2011. The event also welcomes 1,170 media representatives, a record for a World Alpine Ski Championship.
33 FIS World Championships medals will be awarded as the competition schedule includes five Ladies' and five Men's events as well as the co-ed nations' team event.