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17.02.2011 15:59
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Skiing: Maze Takes G-Slalom Gold (I)

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Tine Maze grabs gold in the giant slalom at the World Skiing Championships,.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 17 February (STA) - Slovenian ski star Tina Maze has overcome a string of near misses to take her first gold medal of a major competitions by winning the giant slalom at the World Skiing Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Thursday.

Coming into the race on a streak of four silvers at major competitions, Maze never let go of first place this time around, starting with bib no. 1 and holding the lead after the first run.

The 0.34s lead from the first run would prove enough for Maze's first gold ever and Slovenia's first at a World Championships in 22 years as she crossed the line with a lead of 0.09s over the surprise of the race, Italy's Federica Brignone.

Third place went to Tessa Worley of France (+0.48), who gained 16 places with a strong second run.

"There are no words to describe it," said Maze in her first reaction, adding that "there was no way I was going to leave without the gold today".

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17.02.2011 15:59

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