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Olympics: Maze strikes double gold, political wounds reopen

Tina Maze struck double Olympic ski gold on Tuesday while the stark political realities of the Sochi Games were exposed by the arrests of members of the high-profile Pussy Riot punk group. Maze bagged her second title after sharing the downhill gold by edging Austrian arch-rival Anna Fenninger by a hairsbreadth seven-hundredths of a second in the giant slalom. In tricky weather conditions that included heavy snow, torrential rain and fog, the 30-year-old Slovenian clocked a combined total of 2min 36.87sec over the two runs in Rosa Khutor.

Olympics: Maze strikes double gold, political wounds reopen

Slovenian alpine skier Tina Maze struck double Olympic gold on Tuesday while the stark political realities of the Sochi Games were exposed by the arrests of members of the high-profile Pussy Riot punk group. Maze bagged her second title after sharing the downhill gold by edging Austrian arch-rival Anna Fenninger by a hairsbreadth seven-hundredths of a second in the giant slalom. In tricky weather conditions that included heavy snow, torrential rain and fog, the 30-year-old Slovenian clocked a combined total of 2min 36.87sec over the two runs in Rosa Khutor.

Olympics: Last-place, last-minute Mae happy with slow giant slalom

Violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae, Thailand's first ever female skier at the Olympics, came last in a rainy giant slalom on Tuesday but was still bubbling with joy after finishing the slushy course. The Singapore-born British former child prodigy came through the finish line in 67th place after two runs, a massive 50.10sec behind winner Tina Maze of Slovenia. Hesitantly out of the starting gate, she clocked 3min 26.97sec down the course, 11.35sec behind her closest rival Xia Lina of China.

Olympics: Double-gold Maze vindicated after mid-season coach swap

Tina Maze sealed a second gold of the Sochi Games on Tuesday, inspired by the Slovenian ice-hockey team and vindicating a change of coaches just a month before the Olympics started. Maze showed all her expertise to master the two runs of the women's giant slalom in 2min 36.87sec, the cornerstone coming in her no-holds-barred first run that gave her a crucial 0.52sec advantage over her closest rival.

Olympics: Double-gold Maze vindicated after mid-season coach swap

Tina Maze sealed a second gold of the Sochi Games on Tuesday, inspired by the Slovenian ice-hockey team and vindicating a change of coaches just a month before the Olympics started. Maze showed all her expertise to master the two runs of the women's giant slalom in 2min 36.87sec, the cornerstone coming in her no-holds-barred first run that gave her a crucial 0.52sec advantage over her closest rival.

Olympics: Uphill struggles spark downhill history for Maze, Gisin

A kick up the backside was what helped champions Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin achieve a historic first joint gold in Olympic alpine skiing, the two women said Wednesday after their dramatic downhill win. Swiss skier Gisin hasn't made it onto a World Cup podium since 2011 and admitted she had lost her mojo after an injury in January 2012 before coming to Sochi. Slovenian Maze, last season's dominant winner, had to make dramatic mid-season changes to recover from her poor form.

Olympics: Who's winning what at the Winter Olympics

Who's winning what at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday (after one of six gold medal events): WOMEN Alpine skiing - downhill Swiss outsider Dominique Gisin and Slovenian Tina Maze finished in a dead heat as an Alpine skiing gold medal was shared for the first time in Winter Olympics history in a dramatic women's downhill. Gisin, wearing bib number eight, was first to clock 1min 41.57sec down the icy 2.7km-long course and in brilliant sunshine it looked to have been enough for outright victory.

I'm in best shape of career, says Slovenian Maze

By Patrick Lang CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Tina Maze has been unable to recapture the form she showed in her record-breaking Alpine skiing season a year ago but still believes she is in the form of her life approaching the Sochi Olympics. "I know I'm in the best shape of my career even if I'm not showing it," said the Super-G world champion who has yet to win a World Cup race this season.

Skiing: World Cup champion Maze hires Pini for Olympic bid

World Cup champion Tina Maze hired veteran Swiss coach Mauro Pini on Wednesday as the Slovenian star set her sights on a first Olympic gold medal at Sochi next month. Maze swept through the 2012/2013 World Cup season with a record 24 podiums and 11 wins. But her attempt to win gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver ended in two silvers, in super-G and giant slalom. "It was a request which I wasn't expecting. I am curious to start this adventure," Pini told RSI radio.

Alpine skiing: Slovenian rounds off amazing season in style

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).
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