Maze undefeated in GS, extends tour lead

It was tough day for the Americans and another flawless effort in the giant slalom for Slovenian Tina Maze, who picked up her fourth win of the season and extended her overall World Cup lead in St. Moritz, Switzerland Sunday.

Maze, now 3-3 in GS, was the first-run leader over Tessa Worley and Viktoria Rebensburg by more than a half-second — and that was ultimately the podium with Rebensburg (+0.08) and Worley (+0.55) each earning their best results of the season.

For Maze, the hope was to win all three races this weekend, and it would have come to fruition if it weren’t for a fast performance in the super G by Vonn Saturday. (Maze took second in that race.)

“In GS, it would be more possible than super G. I’m skiing well, so that’s the only thing that matters,” said Maze. “I can be really happy with my weekend. It is hard to keep this tempo and push in every race and pushing hard to be really fast. It’s been a really positive day with sunshine and everything. I am very happy.”

For Rebensburg, an Olympic gold medalist in the discipline, a straighter line on the pitch led to more speed over the flats, while Worley, who won this race last year, will be kicking herself, as a major mistake midway down the course certainly cost her crucial time.

“I have been very close to Tina today,” said Rebensburg. “I am on the right direction, improving with my technique. That’s a really good thing and it was a great result for me here today.”

After a win in Saturday’s super G and her best first-run tech result of the season, Lindsey Vonn, skiing an aggressive line, was setting a nice pace in her second run of the day, eight-tenths ahead at the first split. But a detrimental error on the pitch sent her into the back seat, then onto her hip and nearly out of the course. She finished the run, nevertheless, in 27th.

Tech wizard Mikaela Shiffrin was certainly hoping for better results in her return to racing in Europe. The 17-year-old skied to 18th position in the first run, but was unable to finish the second for her first DNF of the season.

Meanwhile, Julia Mancuso managed to put together two runs, but clearly not skiing GS the way she’d like. After finishing 19th in the first run, she lost a little bit of ground to tie for 21st on the day.

“We were actually in pretty good shape after first run,” said women’s tech coach Alex Hoedlmoser. “The girls did a good job. … We just wanted to attack and that’s what they did.”

Local favorite Lara Gut had an outstanding second run with perfect rhythm. She was able to carry speed off the pitch across the lower flat section for a fourth-place result. The day also saw more competitive skiing from Austrians Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel, who finished in fifth and sixth position, respectively.

Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon had another strong race, finishing in 12th on the day.

by Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom, St Moritz, Switzerland, Dec.9, 2012

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
2 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
3 Worley, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
4 Gut, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Schild, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Curtoni, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
9 Hoefl-Riesch, Head/Lange/Head
10 Gisin, Dynastar/Lange/Dynastar

Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom, St Moritz, Switzerland, Dec.9, 2012
. … It is the 19th of 74 races on the World Cup schedule. … The tenth of 43 on the women’s schedule and the third of nine scheduled women’s GS’s. … It is the 42nd Cup race hosted at least in part by St Moritz. … the fourth GS and third women’s GS.

It is the 15th career World Cup win for Tina Maze. … her 11th in GS. … It is her fourth career win at St Moritz and her first GS win at the site since Dec. 22, 2004. … It is her fourth win and sixth podium of the season and her second win at St Moritz this season having claimed the combined Dec. 7.

It is the 15th career World Cup podium placing for Viktoria Rebensburg. … 14th in GS. … It is her first career podium scored at St Moritz. … It is her second GS podium of the season.

It is the ninth career World Cup podium for Tessa Worley. … All in GS. … It is her second podium at St Moritz having won the GS Dec. 12, 2010. … It is her first podium placing of the season.

It is the 42nd scoring result for Marie-Michele Gagnon. … her career fifth best in GS. … Her career best GS was a fifth scored at St Moritz Dec. 12, 2010. … It is her eighth score of the season. … She was in the top 15 of all three St Moritz races. … It was the 15th scoring result at St Moritz for Julia Mancuso. … It is the worst scoring finish for Lindsey Vonn since Dec. 9, 2007 in a slalom at Aspen.

Maze leads the World Cup overall standings 677-443 over Maria Hoefl-Riesch (ninth in race). … Vonn is third with 414pts. … Gagnon is the top Canadian in 11th with 164pts. … Maze leads the GS standings with a perfect 300 score. Kathrin Zettel (sixth in race) is second with 200pts and Rebensburg third with 140pts. … Gagnon is ninth with 70 and Mikaela Shiffrin (DNF 2nd) is the top US skier in 22nd with 29pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 1440-1117 over the US. … Germany is third with 985. … Canada in ninth with 233pts.

Results — St. Moritz GS

Rank     Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1 MAZE Tina  1983  SLO   1:05.55  1:05.52  2:11.07  0.00
 2 REBENSBURG Viktoria  1989  GER   1:06.12  1:05.03  2:11.15  0.54
 3 WORLEY Tessa  1989  FRA   1:06.08  1:05.54  2:11.62  3.73
 4 GUT Lara  1991  SUI   1:06.64  1:05.49  2:12.13  7.20
 5 SCHILD Marlies  1981  AUT   1:07.51  1:05.84  2:13.35  15.48
 6 ZETTEL Kathrin  1986  AUT   1:07.43  1:05.96  2:13.39  15.75
 7 KIRCHGASSER Michaela  1985  AUT   1:07.59  1:05.98  2:13.57  16.98
 7 CURTONI Irene  1985  ITA   1:07.61  1:05.96  2:13.57  16.98
 9 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria  1984  GER   1:07.47  1:06.33  2:13.80  18.54
 10 GISIN Dominique  1985  SUI   1:07.25  1:06.69  2:13.94  19.49
 11 HANSDOTTER Frida  1985  SWE   1:08.50  1:05.63  2:14.13  20.78
 12 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   1:08.99  1:05.25  2:14.24  21.53
 13 KARBON Denise  1980  ITA   1:08.37  1:06.02  2:14.39  22.54
 14 KOEHLE Stefanie  1986  AUT   1:07.87  1:06.84  2:14.71  24.72
 15 DREV Ana  1985  SLO   1:07.91  1:06.81  2:14.72  24.78
 16 CURTONI Elena  1991  ITA   1:09.12  1:05.72  2:14.84  25.60
 17 DUERR Lena  1991  GER   1:08.88  1:06.17  2:15.05  27.03
 18 STABER Veronika  1987  GER   1:09.06  1:06.00  2:15.06  27.09
 18 BREM Eva-Maria  1988  AUT   1:08.76  1:06.30  2:15.06  27.09
 20 MOELGG Manuela  1983  ITA   1:08.30  1:06.94  2:15.24  28.32
 21 AGERER Lisa Magdalena  1991  ITA   1:09.06  1:06.21  2:15.27  28.52
 21 MANCUSO Julia  1984  USA   1:08.50  1:06.77  2:15.27  28.52
 23 HRONEK Veronique  1991  GER   1:08.36  1:06.94  2:15.30  28.72
 23 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica  1984  SWE   1:08.62  1:06.68  2:15.30  28.72
 25 POUTIAINEN Tanja  1980  FIN   1:08.61  1:06.90  2:15.51  30.15
 26 FANCHINI Nadia  1986  ITA   1:08.56  1:07.10  2:15.66  31.17
 27 VONN Lindsey  1984  USA   1:06.76  1:10.16  2:16.92  39.72
Disqualified 1st run
  MIRADOLI Romane  1994  FRA         
Did not start 1st run
  KLING Kajsa  1988  SWE         
Did not qualify for 2nd run
  MIKLOS Edit  1988  HUN         
  SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena  1984  ARG         
  SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen  1982  ARG         
  DUBOVSKA Martina  1992  CZE         
  WEINBUCHNER Susanne  1991  GER         
  SUTER Fabienne  1985  SUI         
  FORD Julia  1990  USA         
  AUFDENBLATTEN Fraenzi  1981  SUI         
  YURKIW Larisa  1988  CAN         
  LAVTAR Katarina  1988  SLO         
  STUHEC Ilka  1990  SLO         
  HOLDENER Wendy  1993  SUI         
  HOSHI Mizue  1985  JPN         
  RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina  1981  SPA         
  FRASSE SOMBET Coralie  1991  FRA         
  FISCHBACHER Andrea  1985  AUT         
  MOWINCKEL Ragnhild  1992  NOR         
  VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika  1984  SVK         
  PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria  1986  SWE         
  WIRTH Barbara  1989  GER         
  HOESL Simona  1992  GER         
  SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth  1991  NOR         
  PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN         
  GIANESINI Giulia  1984  ITA         
  BERTRAND Marion  1984  FRA         
Did not finish 2nd run
  SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA         
  BARIOZ Taina  1988  FRA         
  BRIGNONE Federica  1990  ITA         
Did not finish 1st run
  GUTIERREZ Mireia  1988  AND         
  DETTLING Andrea  1987  SUI         
  GOGGIA Sofia  1992  ITA         
  HOSP Nicole  1983  AUT         
  BARTHET Anne-Sophie  1988  FRA         
  HECTOR Sara  1992  SWE         
  MARMOTTAN Anemone  1988  FRA         
  GOERGL Elisabeth  1981  AUT         
  FENNINGER Anna  1989  AUT       



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