Tina Maze unbeatable in Méribel SC!
Méribel, France – Slovenian Tina Maze, winner of the only World Cup Super Combined race so far this season in St. Moritz, proved again she is the most complete skier of the field and won today’s Super combined in Méribel, in a combined time of 1:59.28. Austria’s Nicole Hosp finished 2nd, 0.82 seconds behind. Her team mate Michaela Kirchgasser was the fastest of the Slalom run and took the last podium spot.
2nd after the opening run, USA’s Julia Mancuso made a mistake half way down that ruined her chances of climbing onto the podium and took 4th in the end. Among the top favourites, World Champion Maria Höfl-Riesch, 3rd in the 1st run, skied out in the bottom section of the Slalom course.
29-year-old Tina maze joined today Janica Kostelic (CRO, 2005/06) as the only women to win two World Cup Super Combined races in one season. This was her 3rd career Super Combined victory.
“I had a really good feeling on the slope straight away in the first training and I knew I could achieve something special here”, she said.
“I had a few problems in the top section of the course yesterday. The start was moved down today and that suited me better. However I was a bit sick today and really tired. Super Combined days are very long. I was so tired that I almost skied out twice in the slalom run and still don’t know how I managed to find the energy to stay on the track.”
With this 8th victory and her 18th podium spot in total so far this season, Maze has now 1844 points in the overall standings, a 958 point lead over Maria Höfl-Riesch. With only 9 remaining races until the end of the season, she is now sure to take to Big Crystal Globe back home.
“I will stay focused and try to get all the globes possible and most important to keep that high level of performance until the end of the World Cup season”, she concluded.
With two athletes in the top 3, Austria continues Super Combined podium success. Austrian skiers have actually won 22 podium spots in the 20 ladies' World Cup Super Combined races so far, the most of any country. Already on the podium in St. Moritz, Nicole Hosp showed her skills again today both in speed and technical events. “None of my runs was excellent, but it turned out to be a globally good performance and I’m really satisfied”, she said.
27-year-old Michael Kirchgasser has clearly regained confidence after getting the silver medal in Slalom at the World Championship in Schladming last week.“I knew my Slalom run would be good, so I was not really stressed about the Downhill”, was she joking at the press conference. “It feels great to be on the podium with my team mate, we both gave our best today”.
The World Cup Tour will head to Garmisch Partenkirchen this week, where two Super Gs and one Downhill will be held. The show never stops!
Here are the full results of the day!