Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tina Maze Tops the Combined Podium in Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

Tina Maze is the Queen of this Championships.  Three races and Tina Maze is running away with the medal count, claiming her third straight piece of metal with a victory in the alpine combined.
As the last skier down the mountain, Slovenia’s Tina Maze spoiled the Austrian party as she won the gold medal, topping Nicole Hosp by 0.22 seconds and Michaela Kirchgasser by 035 seconds in the ladies’ Alpine Combined a the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek.
"I’m totally exhausted, it’s a tough program and late start time for the slalom and it's also really warm", said Maze. "But winning is always amazing and now there’s time to recover and enjoy. Even though I’m tired I did my best and I'm happy with the win".
Maze’s run bumped Anna Fenninger to fourth place and off the podium, which seemed only fitting as the two have enjoyed a friendly rivalry at these Championships dueling for gold and silver in the speed events.
The conditions for today’s race were nearly ideal with beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures greeting the field. Much like the men’s Alpine combined, the snow for the slalom race was a bit soft due to the sunny conditions, but the later skiers managed to still put down some of the quicker slalom times.
"It’s amazing for me, I’m so happy about this medal", said Hosp. "It was a long day and a hard race. I think the finish part of the downhill I was really fast and I had a good slalom and I was happy to sit in the lead until Tina came down with her really good run".After the downhill portion, Maze was the leader with a time of 1:45:25, a mere 0.02 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who finished the day in fifth place. Fenninger (AUT) ended the downhill in third place 0.26 seconds back. Maze was the fifth-fastest skier in the slalom, 0.98 behind the fastest slalom time set by Kirchgasser.
"I had a really good downhill run and my slalom was nearly a perfect run. I am so happy with my bronze medal this year after just missing the podium in fourth place in Schladming", said Kirchgasser.
Tina Maze will now go into the final two events with the chance to match Lasse Kjus’ individual record medal haul from the 1999 Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships. He won a medal in all five individual events. Maze has the giant slalom and slalom remaining, both of which she has already won on the World Cup tour this season.
"I think it would be awesome. I really hope I can (win five medals) and be in each event on the podium", said Maze.

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