Posted Feb 18, 2014By
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — This, Tina Maze can say now, was what she had in mind all along: An Olympic performance that hadn’t been seen in 42 years.
So what if she struggled for race after race on the World Cup circuit, unable to duplicate her record-setting season of a year ago? So what if things grew so dire that she felt compelled to hire a new coach last month?
‘‘This season’s plan,’’ Maze insisted Tuesday, ‘‘was to show my best here.’’
Well, if so, it worked. Dealing with the wild weather better than anyone — the thick snowflakes at the top of the hill, the rain in the middle, the sleet at the bottom — Maze turned in a fantastic opening leg and a sufficient second run to win the giant slalom for her second gold medal of the Sochi Games, after last week’s downhill.
The Slovenian skier is the first woman since Marie-Theres Nadig of Switzerland at the 1972 Sapporo Games with enough versatility to master the downhill’s test of pure speed and the giant slalom’s more technical turns at the same Olympics.
Mikaela Shiffrin becomes, at 18, the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history. Here is a collection of photos of
Women's Alpine Skiing Slalom at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014
US skier Ted Ligety won the gold, France's Steve Missillier won silver, and France's Alexis Pinturault won bronze d
Women's Giant Slalom race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, R
The Alpine Skiing Men's Super-G was held at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre in Soc
The Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G was held at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia