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Alpine skiing: Slovenian rounds off amazing season in style

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Slovenian Tina Maze brought her remarkable season to a suitable end here on Sunday winning the final race of the World Cup campaign the giant slalom.

The 29-year-old overall World Cup champion - who was recording a record 24th podium finish of the season - timed 2min 16.67sec over the two legs to finish ahead of Tessa Worley of France (2:17.02) and Swiss skier Lara Gut (2:18.05).

Maze, whose stellar season has also seen her capture the super-G and slalom crystal globes, stormed down the second leg to turn a 42hundreths of a second deficit to the French woman into a 32hundreth winning margin.

"I have even impressed myself. It has been an incredible season," said Maze, who also won three medals at the world championships.

Such has been the dominance of the Slovenian that aside from her 11 race wins she became only the second skier ever, both man or woman, to break the 2000 points barrier.

She accrued a total of 2414, itself a record, with former Austrian great Herman Maier the only other skier to have passed the landmark, back in the 2000 season.

"If someone had said to me before the start of the season I would achieve all this, I would have said they were mad," said Maze.

"I don't think that this is the fruit of just one year of hard work.

"One obviously requires talent and the need to work hard, but also to have a good team round oneself. Skiing is an individual sport, but there is a team around you to help you."

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