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FIS World Cup highlights: Maze and Svindal make history
While the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme (ITA) came to an end on 3rd March and Freestyle Skiing looked ahead to the World Championships in Voss-Myrkdalen and Oslo (NOR), Alpine Skiing was the only FIS Olympic discipline in full World Cup action last week. And what a historical week it was!
At the downhill and two super-G events held in Germany’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 1st to 3rd March, a truly unstoppable Tina Maze made history by becoming the first alpine skier to break the 2000 point record in the World Cup overall standings. By clinching her first downhill win this season, she currently counts 20 season podiums – also a new all-time World Cup record. In addition to being the first racer to break the 2000 points record, reached by legendary Hermann Maier in 2000, Tina Maze became only the 3rd athlete to win in all five Alpine Skiing “events” in one single season after Petra Kronberger (AUT) in 1990/91 and Janica Kostelic (CRO) in 2005/06. Finally, with 6 more competitions remaining, Maze has a realistic chance of clinching all four small crystal globes along with the large one: she has already confirmed the title in giant slalom, leads the rankings in super-G and trails injured Lindsey Vonn by one point in the downhill rankings. Even in slalom, she is within striking distance of the leader, Mikaela Shiffrin.
Next to Maze’s triumph, Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather and Austria’s Anna Fenninger both raced to their maiden super-G World Cup victories in the events staged in Garmisch (GER) on 1st March (replacing the cancelled super-G from Val d’Isère (FRA) in December) and 3rd March.
The men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour, meanwhile, travelled to Kvitfjell (NOR) for speed events in downhill and super-G. While in downhill, France’s Adrien Theaux outpaced local favourite Aksel Lund Svindal by clinching his first season victory, Svindal, however, was victorious in the super-G event and celebrated his first ever win on home soil. While nailing his fourth super-G victory this season, he clinched the event World Cup title, the 4th in his career, and additionally secured his 50th career podium. By doing so, he also equalled the men's record of four super-G victories in one World Cup season which only Austria’s Hermann Maier has achieved before.
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