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Olympics: Maze strikes double gold with giant slalom win

Slovenia's Tina Maze bagged her second alpine skiing gold of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday when she won a thrilling women's giant slalom from Austrian arch-rival Anna Fenninger. In tricky weather conditions that included heavy snow, torrential rain and fog, the 30-year-old Slovenian clocked a combined total of 2min 38.87sec over the two runs in Rosa Khutor. Maze, who'd had to share downhill gold with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin last week after a first-ever Winter Olympic alpine dead heat, had it all to do on her second run.

Olympics: Maze strikes double gold with giant slalom win

Slovenia's Tina Maze bagged her second alpine skiing gold of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday when she won a thrilling women's giant slalom from Austrian arch-rival Anna Fenninger. In tricky weather conditions that included heavy snow, torrential rain and fog, the 30-year-old Slovenian clocked a combined total of 2min 38.87sec over the two runs in Rosa Khutor. Maze, who'd had to share downhill gold with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin last week after a first-ever Winter Olympic alpine dead heat, had it all to do on her second run.

Olympics: Maze in control of women's giant slalom

Slovenia's Tina Maze was in complete control of the women's giant slalom after the first run on Tuesday in her hunt for a second gold of the Sochi Games. Maze tied with Dominique Gisin for gold in last week's downhill, and the 30-year-old Slovenian showed all her giant slalom prowess in rainy, warm conditions on the Rosa Khutor course to clock 1min 17.88sec. First out of the start gate, Maze made the most of a largely unrutted piste, further confirming that her hard-nosed decision to switch coaches to Mauro Pini just a month before the Olympics was paying off.

Olympics: Vanessa Mae battles down giant slalom

Violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae, representing Thailand, battled down the rain-hit first run of the women's giant slalom on Tuesday in the slowest time in the field. The 35-year-old Singapore-born British former child prodigy was the 86th racer down the Rosa Khutor course in warm, rainy conditions that made for softer snow in parts. Hesitantly out of the starting gate, she clocked 1min 44.86sec down the course, finishing a massive 26.98sec behind Slovenian leader Tina Maze.

Olympics: Ski aces in three-way battle for giant slalom gold

US ski star Ted Ligety and French tyro Alexis Pinturault will get a second chance at Olympic glory in Wednesday's giant slalom, but with Austrian hot shot Marcel Hirscher now in play. Ligety and Pinturault were widely expected to win the super-combined event last week but in typical Olympic fashion, forecasts were thrown up in the air and neither landed anywhere near the podium. Now the two skiers, ranked third and second in World Cup giant slalom rankings, could make good for Friday's debacle.

Alpine skiing: Women's giant slalom at risk due to weather

By Alan Baldwin ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - The Olympic women's giant slalom risks turning into a two-day affair, rather than the usual two legs, after officials warned teams on Monday that rain, fog and rising temperatures threatened the schedule. The start of Tuesday's first leg was brought forward by 90 minutes to 0930 local (0530 GMT) from 1100 to try and beat the weather, but the forecast was for rain all day and it turning increasingly heavy. The second leg has been rescheduled for 1300 local.

Olympics: Shiffrin eyes giant slalom gold, Vanessa Mae takes to piste

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin will bid to win the first of two Olympic medals when she takes to the Rosa Khutor piste for Tuesday's women's giant slalom, also featuring celebrated violinist Vannesa Mae. Shiffrin, crowned world slalom champion at the age of 17 last year, is attempting to become the youngest American to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing -- she's now 18. She has downplayed her role in boosting the US team's medal count, saying: "I'm not really actually thinking about it that way. I'm going in to compete my best in my events.

Alpine skiing-Time for favorites to stand up in the slaloms

By Martyn Herman ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - American Ted Ligety regards himself as one of the favorites for Wednesday's men's giant slalom which, judging by events so far in the Caucasus mountains, means he is in for some disappointment. From the moment spiky-haired Austrian Matthias Mayer set the cat amongst the pigeons with a surprise gold in the men's downhill, the shocks have come thick and fast on Rosa Khutor's Olympic pistes.

Alpine skiing: Time for favorites to stand up in the slaloms

By Martyn Herman ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - American Ted Ligety regards himself as one of the favorites for Wednesday's men's giant slalom which, judging by events so far in the Caucasus mountains, means he is in for some disappointment. From the moment spiky-haired Austrian Matthias Mayer set the cat amongst the pigeons with a surprise gold in the men's downhill, the shocks have come thick and fast on Rosa Khutor's Olympic pistes.

Olympics: Super-G shock as Jamaica on track

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud won a shock gold in the Olympic super-G Sunday as the big guns of alpine skiing again failed to fire while the Jamaican bobsleigh team open a new chapter in their compelling rags-to-riches story. Vancouver 2010 champion Aksel Lund Svindal was the favourite going into the demanding super-G, with US pair Bode Miller and Ted Ligety also tipped as potential winners.
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