Sochi 2014: All by myself… Maze tops podium on her own in giant slalom

Sochi 2014: Days after sharing gold in the downhill, Slovenia's Tina Maze claimed giant slalom honours in poor conditions

By David Taylor
Dreamy day: Tina Maze Photo: Viviana Coloma/Wikimedia Commons

Tina Maze believes she has fulfilled her destiny by winning double gold in Sochi.

The 30-year-old went one step better than her joint gold in the downhill to claim the giant slalom title for herself and became the oldest Olympic medallist in ladies giant slalom history.

She led at the halfway stage and made no mistake with her second run to knock super-G winner Anna Fenninger of Austria down to silver and defending champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany into bronze.

I have dreamed about a day like this, even though it is raining. I feel a little wet but that is fine – I win the race

Tina Maze

“It’s crazy. I was ready for this, it’s what I cam here to do,” said the Slovenian. “I feel proud. I think I will realise what I have done many years later. The rest of the season doesn’t matter.”

Maze, going out first, had the best of the conditions on the run one with heavy rain starting as she crossed the finishing line and went into run two with a huge 0.52 second advantage.

Driving snow and sleet delayed the start of the second run by nearly 15 minutes but Maze kept her calm to claim the title by 0.07 seconds from her Austrian rival.

“I have dreamed about a day like this, even though it is raining. I feel a little wet but that is fine – I win the race,” she said.

“I knew it wouldn’t be easy in giant slalom. We had two weeks of sun and I knew it couldn’t hold on. Even though it’s not perfect weather it was perfect racing. I don’t care about the rain.”

Maze was already the most decorated Slovenian Winter Olympian with two silvers in Vancouver but her double gold medal feat in Sochi will make her an even bigger star back home.

Samsung are a proud partner of Team GB and are supporting the Samsung Galaxy Team. To meet the team, see exclusive content and win amazing prizes, including once-in-a-lifetime winter sport training sessions with the Samsung Galaxy Team athletes, visit: www.samsung.com/uk/sochi2014

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Ethan Hazard

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Sturridge

Gary Neville
Gary Neville: Arsenal are nowhere near Chelsea FC right now
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Daniil Medvedev
Monte Carlo Masters: Medvedev scores big win over Tsitsipas to set Djokovic showdown
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher predicts where Arsenal will finish in the table
Novak Djokovic
Monte Carlo Masters: Novak Djokovic edges to 200th clay win but admits: ‘I have to up my game’