Tina Maze continues to build on record-setting season

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Tina Maze reacts after winning Sunday's World Cup slalom in Germany.  GIOVANNI AULETTA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
GIOVANNI AULETTA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tina Maze reacts after winning Sunday's World Cup slalom in Germany.

OFTERSCHWANG, Germany — Overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia beat Mikaela Shiffrin in a World Cup slalom Sunday to overtake the American teenager in the discipline standings and close in on becoming the first woman to win five crystal globes in a season.

Maze also got a piece of another record in a season where she has already broken several, equaling Austrian great Hermann Maier’s mark of 22 World Cup podiums in 1999-2000. The Slovenian earlier broke Maier’s record for points in a season, and she extended her total to 2,254 with her 10th win.

Maze finished her two runs on the Ofterschwanger Horn course in 1 minute, 52.85 seconds to beat Wendy Holdenerby 0.25 seconds.

More importantly, though, she beat the 17-year-old Shiffrin after trailing the American world champion by one tenth of a second on the first run. Shiffrin couldn’t protect her lead and finished 0.75 behind in third place, giving Maze a seven-point lead in the slalom standings going into Saturday’s last race of the season.

“There was a bit of nervousness there, because it’s a discipline in which you have to attack and risk a little bit,” Maze said. “So for me today, it was important just to stay calm and ski – not to think too much.”

With a win worth 100 points and second place getting 80, a win for either Shiffrin or Maze would secure the slalom title and the crystal globe that comes with it.

“It isn’t over until the fat lady sings,” Shiffrin said. “It’s good that it’s exciting to the end.”

The 29-year-old Maze has already clinched the overall and giant slalom titles. She leads the super-G standings along with the slalom and can also clinch the downhill title at next week’s World Cup finals at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

MEN’S SLALOM: In Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, Ivica Kostelicwon the rain-drenched race Sunday, while Marcel Hirscher clinched the discipline titlen.

Kostelic finished in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 45.81 seconds.

Hirscher finished 0.19 behind in second, and fellow Austrian Mario Matt came third, 0.34 behind Kostelic.

MEN’S SKI JUMP: In Lahti, Finland, Richard Freitag of Germany won a large hill event in World Cup ski jumping Sunday while Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria failed to clinch the overall title after finishing 15th.

This was Freitag’s third career victory. He led after the first round and went 128.5 meters with the day’s longest jump in the second and won with 274.2 points.

SKI CROSS: In Voss, Norway, Jean Frederic Chapuis, of France, won the ski cross title for his first major victory Sunday, beating countryman Bastien Midol in the final at the freestyle world championships.


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