Maze’s slalom run was conservative early through the groove-filed course, before she picked it up.
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Tina Maze pulled off an impressive feat on soft snow " a cartwheel in ski boots. Her skiing wasn't too bad, either.
Franklin Marshall Polo shirts Maze captured gold in the Alpine combined Monday, earning her third medal of the world championships on a warm afternoon when Lindsey Vonn failed to finish the slalom.
Leading after the downhill portion, the Slovenian standout used a clean slalom run to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 33.37 seconds. Nicole Hosp of Austria was second, 0.22 seconds behind, and fellow Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser earned third.
Vonn struggled in the downhill with the icy surface bothering her surgically repaired right knee. Later, in the slalom, she straddled a gate just before the first interval, ending her day. Vonn was in tears after the race.
"I'm just really disappointed," said Vonn, whose lone medal at worlds so far is a bronze in the super-G. "I really tried as hard as I could. I came up short. That's disappointing for myself, my family and my fans. I didn't figure out this hill at all."
Maze certainly is dialed in at Beaver Creek. She adds this gold to the silver she won in the super-G and gold in the downhill.
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She's trying to match Norwegian great Lasse Kjus, who earned five medals at the 1999 worlds in Beaver Creek.
"She's a fantastic skier," said Kjus, who flew in from Norway to watch the competition. "She can do it."
But fatigue is starting to play a factor. Maze said she's exhausted.
Franklin Marshall Women Hoodies "But winning is always amazing," said Maze, who sang along with her national anthem as she wiped away tears.
The 31-year-old Maze may be tired, but she still had plenty of energy to celebrate. After seeing her winning time, she held her left ski pole in the air. Then, she lifted her right one and urged the crowd to stand up. She then clicked out of her skis and did a cartwheel.
Maze's slalom run was conservative early through the groove-filed course, before she picked it up.
"You had to go for it and I did my best," she said.
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"I'm satisfied with both runs. It's a good day," Fenninger said.