Maze concludes with GS win in Lenzerheide!
Lenzerheide, Switzerland – The World Cup season came to an end after the 9th ladies’ Giant Slalom. This last race logically crowned the season dominator Tina Maze who concluded her winter the same way she started it 5 months ago. From the first race on, the World Cup champion has been leading in the overall and has been untouchable. 2nd after the first run of today’s race, she handled the icy and bumpy conditions the best way to record the fastest time of the second run to finally snatch her 5th Giant Slalom win this season. She clocked a combined time of 2:16.67 and overtook 1st run leader Tessa Worley who ended just behind, 0.35 seconds off the pace. With the home crowd on her side, Lara Gut managed to keep her 3rd position of the first run despite a relatively big mistake close to the finish. She was 1.38 seconds slower.
Out of the 900 points possible for the Giant Slalom title, 29-year-old Tina Maze earned 800 points this season, winning in 5 occasions, being 2nd three times and 3rd only once. She holds the record for most ladies' giant slalom podiums in one World Cup season with nine in total. In the overall she has increased her total to 2414 points.
“It’s an incredible record, but I could have scored more points if the last Super G and Downhill weren’t cancelled”, she said joking after the race. “I’m impressed by all these achievements. It’s been an amazing season for me. My skiing has been so good. I started with a win and finished with another one. That’s the way to go when you’re so strong. I’m so proud of me and my team. I also really would like to thank the fans for their great support.”
“Now comes the time to celebrate all the globes and to rest”, she concluded.
2013 Giant Slalom World Champion Tessa Worley was close to win her first World Cup Giant Slalom this season but was really happy to end her season climbing onto the podium, especially after the bad result of last week’s Giant Slalom in Ofterschwang where she finished 27th.
“It was the last race of the season and I really wanted to do something good”, she commented. “But it’s not that easy. The season has been tough and long.”
“I lost a lot of energy in the very hard top section of the course and my batteries were definitely low to finish strong. I’ve got no regrets. I pushed until the end and I’m really pleased with this 2nd place to end my super season.”
After taking 4th place in the Giant Slalom races at Aspen and St-Moritz, Local hero Lara Gut made her first Giant Slalom podium of the season.
“It’s only my second podium in Giant Slalom, after the one 4 years ago in Semmering and I’m of course really happy”, said 21-year-old champion. “I’ve managed to ski the way I wanted today, even though I made a couple of mistakes, especially in the 2nd run. When I’m stable on my skis, I’m usually fast. It’s a shame the season is ending while I’m starting to make podiums”, she concluded laughing.
In the Giant Slalom standings, Austria’s Anna Fenninger secured 2nd place by taking 5th place today. She earned a total of 480 points this season, 320 points less than crystal globe holder Tina Maze. With the 4th place today, Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg managed to overtake Kathrin Zettel, who skied out in the 1st run, to secure 3rd place with 411 points.
The Ausi FIS World Cup Tour takes a break for now and will come back next October for another thrilling season and colorful emotions.
Here are the full results of the race!