In a race of second-run one-upmanship, Tina Maze was able to deliver a win before the hometown fans in Maribor, Slovenia Sunday.
It was Maze’s seventh win of the season, first in slalom. Although she had finished on the podium in the discipline three previous times this winter alone, it was just the second slalom victory of her career — the other came in Lenzerheide in 2011.
The top four finishes on the result sheet were unchanged from one run to the next: Maze, Frida Hansdotter, Kathrin Zettel and Veronika Zuzulova, in that order. Michaela Kirchgasser and Irene Curtoni traded the 5-6 spots.
Maze, who finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 33.68 seconds, held a comfortable lead throughout her second run. For Sweden’s Hansdotter, it was her fourth time finishing runner-up on the slalom podium this season. The other three second-place finishes came at the hands of Mikaela Shiffrin.
The 17-year-old Shiffrin looked like two different skiers from one run to the next. In the morning, she didn’t make any major mistakes, but also didn’t appear comfortable, skiing to 13th position. Shiffrin raced a much stronger second run, especially on the bottom, to improve to eighth on the day.
More importantly, with the strong second run, the American phenom was able to hang on to a slim lead over Maze in the World Cup slalom standings. With three slalom races left on the regular season calendar — one of which is the dual paneled city event in Moscow on Tuesday — the scoreboard reads 468-455, Shiffrin.
Story by Geoff Mintz
Photos by GEPA
by Hank McKee
Women’s World Cup slalom, Maribor, Slovenia, Jan. 27, 2013
1 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic
2 Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
3 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
4 Velez Zuzulova, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Curtoni, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
7 Hosp, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
8 Shiffrin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
9 Eklund, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
10 Holdener, Head/Head/Head
Women’s World Cup slalom, Maribor, Slovenia, Jan. 27, 2013. … It is the 50th event of the 2012-13 World cup schedule. … It is the 26th of 37 events on the women’s schedule and the seventh of nine scheduled slaloms. … It is the 63rd Cup race hosted by Maribor. … the 35th slalom.
It is the 18th career World Cup win for Tina Maze. … It is just her second in slalom. … the other at Lenzerheide March 18, 2011. … It is her seventh win of the season. … It is her 16th podium of the season.
It is the sixth career World Cup podium for Frida Hansdotter. … All in slalom. … And all second place finishes. … Her previous best at Maribor was sixth in 2009. … It is her fourth podium of the season.
It is the 44th career World Cup podium for Kathrin Zettel. … her 21st in slalom. … It is her fourth podium result scored at Maribor and third at Maribor is slalom. … It is her seventh Cup podium of the season and third in slalom.
It is the 14th career Cup top 10 for Mikaela Shiffrin. … She matches her seventh best score of the season. … Elli Terwiel matches her career best finish (of four scores). … It is her third score of the season. … It is the fourth best slalom score of the season for Marie-Michele Gagnon, her thirteeth placing of the season. … It is the second best placing of the season for Resi Stiegler. … just her second score at Maribor, the first coming in 2005. … It is the sixth career scoring result for Brittany Phelan. … All in slalom and all this season.
Maze leads the World Cup Overall standings 1654-806 over Maria Hoefl-Riesch (DNF 1st in race). … Lindsey Vonn (DNQ for 2nd run) in third with 740pts. … Shiffrin is seventh with 578pts and Julia Mancuso eighth with 553pts. … Gagnon is top Canadian overall in 20th with 251pts. … Shiffrin leads the slalom standings 468-455 over Maze. … Hansdotter is third with 355pts and Erin Mielzynski (DNF 1st in race) is ninth with 177pts. … Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 3454-2732 over the US. … Germany is third with 1919pts. … Canada is ninth with 579pts.
FIS World Cup
Jan. 27, 2013
|Rank||Name||Year||Nation||Run 1||Run 2||Total Time|
|4||VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika||1984||SVK||47.27||47.55||1:34.82|
|Did not qualify for 2nd run|
|Did not finish 1st run|
|SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth||1991||NOR|