Inside the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships
Tina Maze added World Champion Downhiller to her already impressive resume on Friday at Beaver Creek. The Slovenian ski star bested Austria’s Anna Fenninger by two-hundreths of a second to take home the Gold Medal on the Raptor Downhill Course.
Maze’s win snapped back-to-back Austrian victories to kick off the World Championships. Switzerland’s Lara Gut finished on the podium as well, .34 seconds behind Maze while hometown girl Lindsey Vonn, the most-decorated female skier in US history came in a disappointing fifth place.
“I didn’t have the greatest feeling on the snow, couldn’t get things going,” Vonn told NBCSports afterward. “I did my best and I’m proud of my skiing. I wish I could have done better for the hometown crowd, but I tried my best,” Vonn continued.
Vonn also commented that she will be competing in two more events in the World Championships, the Alpine Combined and Giant Slalom. “I gotta go do some slalom, I haven’t done slalom in about two-and-a-half years so I’m just gonna kind of wing it and see what happens,” the upbeat skier said with a laugh and a pretty smile.
On a perfect Colorado bluebird day for ski racing, no one put together a prettier run than Tina Maze, who joins Fenninger with a Silver and Gold in two races at these Championships. Maze told reporters she ‘made friends’ with this course during training runs yesterday and it certainly showed on Friday.
“It’s amazing, it’s crazy good,” remarked Maze after being asked how she feels following her Downhill win.
The ladies will take training runs for the Alpine Combined on Saturday and Sunday as the Downhill run is scheduled to begin at 8 am Monday while the Slalom run will follow at 12:15 pm.
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