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Alpine skiing: Death threat fails to faze Maze

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Overall World Cup winner Tina Maze of Slovenia said Sunday she was not concerned despite receiving an emailed death threat before her race at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Maze, 29, finished fourth in Sunday's Super-G and won Saturday's downhill race here to become the first skier to collect more than 2000 World Cup points in a season, breaking Austria legend Hermann Maier's 13-year-old record.

But Maze, the Super-G world champion, was assigned police protection on Saturday after race organisers received death threats against her via email.

"It's bizarre, I can only laugh about it," said Maze after her fourth in Sunday's race left her with 2074 points for the season.

"I don't really want to talk about it, it was just a normal day at the office.

"I have a clean conscience, I haven't done anything bad, some people are just jealous.

"I haven't seen anything myself, the threat came through the organisers.

"If who ever is responsible wants to distract me or put me off, they didn't succeed."

With plained-clothed police officers accompanying Maze before and after her race on the Khandahar course, race officials said they were concerned by the threat.

"We regret that this has happened very much. It is very, very serious," said Peter Fischer, head of the organising committee in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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