Tina Maze

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Tina Maze
— Alpine skier  —
Internationale Sportnacht Davos 2014.jpg
Disciplines Downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, combined
Club CRN – SK Črna
Born (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 32)
Slovenj Gradec,
SR Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
World Cup debut 2 January 1999 (age 15)
Website tinamaze.com
Olympics
Teams 4 – (20022014)
Medals 4 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams 8 – (20012015)
Medals 9 (4 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 15th – (20012015)
Wins 26
Podiums 81
Overall titles 1 – (2013)
Discipline titles 2 – (GS, SG in 2013)

Tina Maze (pronounced [ˈtiːna ˈmaːzɛ] TEE-nah MAH-zeh; born 2 May 1983) is a Slovenian World Cup alpine ski racer and a double Olympic gold medalist.

She is the most successful female ski racer in Slovenian history with a career that culminated with two gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[1] In Slovenia, she was awarded the title of the best female athlete of the year in 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and with her four Olympic medals she is tied with the rower Iztok Čop as the most successful athlete representing Slovenia at the Olympics.[2]

Maze started her career as a giant slalom specialist, but later competed in all five alpine skiing disciplines. She is one of six female racers who have won in all five World Cup disciplines and one of three to do it in a single season. Currently, Maze is the reigning Olympic champion in downhill and giant slalom, the world champion in downhill and combined, and the world vice-champion in super-G and giant slalom. She was also the world champion in giant slalom in 2011[3] and super-G in 2013.

By 12 December 2014, Maze has won in total 26 World Cup races,[4] and won the World Cup overall title in 2013.[5] In that season, she won 11 races and tallied a record number of World Cup points – 2414,[6] beating the previous record of Hermann Maier of 2000 points from the 2000 season.[7] She also won the super-G and giant slalom titles, and finished first in the combined event (although no globe was awarded) and finished second in slalom and downhill. Maze also improved Maier's previous record of podium finishes in a single season (22) with 24 podiums.

Skiing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Maze made her World Cup debut at age 15 in Slovenia in January 1999, in a giant slalom race at Maribor. During her early World Cup seasons, Maze competed in slalom, giant slalom, and super-G, but scored World Cup points only in the first two disciplines. At the 2001 World Championships, Maze's best result was a 16th place in slalom. In January 2002, Maze won her first podium, a second place in giant slalom in Maribor. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in the United States, Maze finished twelfth in the giant slalom in her Olympic debut at Park City, Utah.[8]

2003–2004 seasons[edit]

On October 26 2002, Maze won her first World Cup race at the season opener in Sölden, Austria. She shared the giant slalom win with Nicole Hosp of Austria and Andrine Flemmen of Norway in the first-ever a three-way tie in a World Cup race.[9] Maze finished the 2003 season on the 38th place in the overall standings with 190 points, all in giant slalom. At the 2003 World Championships, she finished 5th in giant slalom.

In the 2004 season, Maze scored one podium, a runner-up position in giant slalom, and finished 33rd in the overall standings with 244 points. She scored her first points in super-G and started competing in downhill races.[10]

2005–2008 seasons[edit]

The 2005 season was a successful season for Maze as she won 3 giant slalom races and scored two super-G podiums, both 3rd places. She finished the season 10th in the overall standings with 650 points: 366 in giant slalom, where she finished fourth. At the 2005 World Championships Maze finished sixth in super-G and 10th in the combined.

In the 2006 season, Maze won one giant slalom race and two more podiums, a third place in giant slalom and a runner-up position in super-G. She finished the season 14th in the overall standings with 525 points and scored World Cup points in all disciplines for the first time. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Maze competed in the giant slalom and super-G events, where she finished 12th and 39th, respectively.[11]

The 2007 season was not as successful for her as the previous two seasons, with only 3 top 10 finishes. She finished the season 30th in the overall standings with 268 points. At the 2007 World Championships, Maze's best result was a 14th place in super-G.

In February 2008, Maze won her first downhill in St. Moritz, Switzerland, which was the first downhill victory won by a Slovenian female skier. It was also her first non-giant slalom victory. She finished the 2008 season 28th overall, with 287 points.

2009–2010 seasons: The breakthrough[edit]

Following the declining results in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Maze decided to break with the national ski team and founded her personal "Team to aMAZE" with her coach and partner Andrea Massi.[12] This move turned out to be a decisive step in Maze's career as her results begun to improve significantly. In the 2009, Maze scored two wins, both in giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia, and in Åre, Sweden. She also won three more podiums, finishing second in downhill and was third twice in super-G. At the 2009 World Championships in Val-d'Isère, France, Maze won a silver medal in giant slalom, her first medal in a "big competition." In that race, she was only 15th after the first run but excelled in the second, "because she was angry."[9] In addition to the silver medal, Maze finished 14th in the downhill and fifth in the super-G. Maze concluded the 2009 season sixth in the overall standings with 852 points, her best result to that date. She also finished third in the giant slalom standings.

In the 2010 season, Maze won one giant slalom race and had runner-up finishes in slalom and giant slalom. That season, Maze had fifteen top 10 results and finished fourth in the overall standings. Again, she finished third in the giant slalom standings.

Maze was the flag bearer for Slovenia at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. She won two silver medals – in super-G and giant slalom at Whistler. These were the first silver medals at Winter Olympics for independent Slovenia (athletes only won bronze medals before 2010). Maze was fifth in the super combined, ninth in slalom, and 18th in downhill.[13]

2011–2012 seasons[edit]

Maze began the 2011 season strong with several good results and podiums. That season, she won the first races in her career in super combined (Tarvisio, Italy) and slalom (Lenzerheide, Switzerland). She finished on podium six more times. Maze finished the 2011 season third in the overall standings with 1139 points.

At the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Maze won the silver medal in the super combined and the gold medal in the giant slalom. She finished 5th in the slalom and downhill, and 11th in the super-G.

The 2012 season was a very interesting one as Maze had no victories but had ten podium finishes. She finished the season second in the overall standings with 1402 points, behind Lindsey Vonn of United States.

2013: The record breaking season[edit]

Maze started the 2013 season with a win in giant slalom in Sölden, Austria. She then won the 2nd giant slalom in Aspen, United States, followed by two wins in St.Moritz, Switzerland, both in giant slalom and super combined. She then won again in giant slalom in Courchevel, France making it 4 wins out of the first 4 races in this discipline. She collected 11 podiums till the New Year, with five wins, two 2nd and four 3rd places, gaining a sizable lead in the overall standings. She also broke the records for most points in a calendar year (2,180) and most podiums (19) in a calendar year. Her first victory in super-G on 13 January 2013 in St. Anton made her a member of the small group of all-event winners in alpine skiing. On 26 January, Maze finished second in giant slalom in Maribor to clinch her first World Cup title in GS, then won the slalom the following day.

On 24 February, she won the second super combined of the season in Méribel, France, and secured the overall World Cup title with nine races remaining.[14] Despite having the most points in super combined standings, the crystal globe for this discipline is no longer awarded due to a lack of events.[15]

On 1 March, Maze finished second in super-G in Garmisch, her 19th podium of the season, breaking the previous ladies' record. The next day, she won the downhill to record a win in all disciplines in a single season, previously accomplished by only two female skiers. In that race, Maze also surpassed 2,000 World Cup points in a single season and therefore broke Hermann Maier's record from the 2000 season, which was exactly 2,000 points.

The last downhill race of the season at the World Cup finals was cancelled, so Maze finished as runner-up in the downhill standings, a single point behind Lindsey Vonn, whose season had ended in February after a knee injury at the World Championships. The last super-G race was also cancelled and Maze won the super-G title. In the last race, a giant slalom on 17 March, she gained her 11th victory of the season and finished with a record 2,414 points.[16]

Maze broke various statistical records in this season. They include the highest number of podiums in a single season (24, record previously held by Hermann Maier (22) and by Hanni Wenzel and Pernilla Wiberg for ladies (18)), highest number of top 5 finishes (31, previously Hermann Maier and Pernilla Wiberg (24)), highest number of points after first 10 races (677, previously Katja Seizinger, 643), highest percent of possible points won (69%, previously 61% by Pernilla Wiberg), and the highest point difference to the second-placed skier (1313, compared to 743 for Hermann Maier and 578 for Lindsey Vonn). In fact, Maze collected more World Cup points than second and third skier combined.[17] Maze finished on podium in all Giant slalom events of the season, a feature previously achieved only by Vreni Schneider in the 1989 season. She is also the only woman to remain at the top of the overall ranking throughout the season – a feature only achieved at men's Cup by Bode Miller.[17] In addition to the overall title, Maze won the super-G and giant slalom titles, finished at the top of the combined list by winning both races in the season, and finished second in the Downhill and slalom listing. The titles went to Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin, respectively.

Maze came to the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria, as a favorite. At the time, she was the leader in the World Cup standings in three of the five disciplines (giant slalom, super-G, and super combined), second in slalom and third in downhill. Several former alpine skiers stated that she is capable of winning a medal in every single discipline.[18][19] In the first race at Planai, Maze won the gold medal in super-G[20] and three days later won the silver medal in super combined.[21] She then finished seventh in downhill, won another silver medal in giant slalom, and took fifth in slalom.

In October 2013, Maze was awarded the Skieur d'Or Award[22] by members of the International Association of Ski Journalists for her record-breaking performances during the previous season, thereby becoming the first Slovenian skier to receive the honour since its inception in 1963.

2014 season[edit]

Maze started the 2014 season less successfully, with one victory and three more podiums before the Winter Olympics in February. The decline in results was partially attributed to the change of the coach from the previous season, when Walter Ronconi replaced Livio Magoni. In January 2014, Ronconi was replaced by Mauro Pini, who, according to Maze's team, brought a positive change to the team.[23] Following the Olympics, Maze won two more poduims, two third places. At the end of the season, she was completely exhausted and finished the last races with difficulties, having fulfilled her goals with two Olympic gold medals.[24] She won a third place in the downhill standings and finished 4th overall.

Maze, Gisin, and Gut at Rosa Khutor
after the 2014 Olympic downhill

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Maze finished fourth in the super combined at Rosa Khutor. The second event was the downhill, where Maze tied for first place with Dominique Gisin of Switzerland. This was the first gold medal for Slovenia at any Winter Olympics and the first time that a gold medal was shared at an Olympic alpine skiing event.[25] Maze finished fifth in super-G, won another gold in the giant slalom,[26] and was eighth in the slalom. Following her Olympic success, Maze was nominated for the Laureus Award for the second year in a row.[27]

2015 season[edit]

The start of the 2015 season was stronger than the previous year's for Maze. Winning three races and four additional podiums, Maze came to the 2015 World Championships in Vail / Beaver Creek, Colorado, United States, as the overall World Cup leader[28] and was, as in 2013, seen as a potential candidate to win a medal in all five disciplines.[29] She took silver in the super-G race, continued with winning gold both in downhill and super-combined and then finished 5th in giant slalom and 8th in slalom, what was her best overall performance at World Championships.

Following the World Championships, Maze was tired and did not finish any of the two races in Maribor, which meant that she started to lose advantage over Anna Fenninger.[30] Final races of the season were a close battle between Maze and Fenninger. Maze won six more podiums until the end of the season and was leading 18 points in the overall standings before the last race but Fenninger won the last giant slalom and defended her overall title from the 2014 season.[31] Maze finished the season second, with her second-highest number of season points. She also finished third in the slalom, super-G, and downhill standings. At the end of the season, Maze hinted that she may retire from competitive sport in the following months.[32]

World Cup results[edit]

Season titles[edit]

3 titles (1 overall, 1 giant slalom, 1 super-G)

Season Discipline
2013 Overall
Super-G
Giant slalom

Season standings[edit]

Place (points)

Season Overall SL GS SG DH K/SC
2001 54 (109) 44 (16) 23 (93)
2002 36 (236) 44 (12) 8 (224)
2003 38 (190) 13 (190)
2004 33 (244) 8 (234) 47 (10)
2005 10 (650) 39 (17) 4 (366) 9 (236) 31 (31)
2006 14 (525) 46 (7) 7 (309) 13 (164) 37 (36) 32 (9)
2007 30 (268) 51 (7) 19 (81) 10 (143) 19 (37)
2008 28 (287) 30 (24) 19 (98) 18 (125) 17 (40)
2009 6 (852) 3 (368) 7 (202) 6 (256) 21 (26)
2010 4 (943) 6 (272) 3 (372) 8 (200) 25 (67) 14 (32)
2011 3 (1139) 7 (295) 6 (208) 18 (83) 8 (261) 2 (212)
2012 2 (1402) 3 (413) 5 (367) 4 (257) 9 (210) 2 (125)
2013 1 (2414) 2 (655) 1 (800) 1 (420) 2 (339) 1 (200)[A]
2014 4 (964) 16 (148) 13 (184) 7 (183) 3 (409) 6 (40)
2015 2 (1531) 3 (439) 5 (266) 3 (390) 3 (356) 2 (80)

Race victories[edit]

Maze with her silver medal
at the 2010 Olympics
Season Date Location Discipline
2003 26 October 2002 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
2005 22 December 2004 Switzerland St. Moritz, Switzerland Giant slalom
8 January 2005 Italy Santa Caterina, Italy Giant slalom
22 January 2005 Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia Giant slalom
2006 22 October 2005 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
2008 2 February 2008 Switzerland St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill
2009 10 January 2009 Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia Giant slalom
14 March 2009 Sweden Åre, Sweden Giant slalom
2010 11 March 2010 Germany Garmisch, Germany Giant slalom
2011 4 March 2011 Italy Tarvisio, Italy Super combined
18 March 2011 Switzerland Lenzerheide, Switzerland Slalom
2013 27 October 2012 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
24 November 2012 United States Aspen, USA Giant slalom
7 December 2012 Switzerland St. Moritz, Switzerland Super combined
9 December 2012 Giant slalom
16 December 2012 France Courchevel, France Giant slalom
13 January 2013 Austria St. Anton, Austria Super-G
27 January 2013 Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia Slalom
24 February 2013 France Méribel, France Super combined
2 March 2013 Germany Garmisch, Germany Downhill
10 March 2013 Germany Ofterschwang, Germany Slalom
17 March 2013 Switzerland Lenzerheide, Switzerland Giant slalom
2014 25 January 2014 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
2015 15 November 2014 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom
5 December 2014 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Downhill
12 December 2014 Sweden Åre, Sweden Giant slalom

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2002 18 12
2006 22 12 39
2010 26 9 2 2 18 5
2014 30 8 1 5 1 4

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2001 17 16 22 32
2003 19 DNF1 5
2005 21 DNF2 DNF1 6 10
2007 23 DNF1 22 14 DNF2
2009 25 2 5 14 DNF2
2011 27 5 1 11 5 2
2013 29 5 2 1 7 2
2015 31 8 5 2 1 1

Personal life[edit]

When not competing or training abroad, Maze lives in Črna na Koroškem.

Music[edit]

While in primary school, in addition to skiing, Maze also played the piano.[33] During preparations for the 2013 season she recorded her first song "My Way Is My Decision".[34][35][36] The news of Maze becoming a rock star was celebrity news in her country,[37][38][39][40] and she received some attention in the foreign media, too.[41][42][43]

The song "My Way Is My Decision" was produced by Raay, one of the top Slovenian producers, and the music written by Matjaž Jelen & Raay, with lyrics by Charlie Mason & Leon Oblak.[44] It's a modern mainstream radio-friendly up-tempo song with a hint of rock. It was released on 26 October, the day before the first race in Sölden. The music video has become the most viewed new video on YouTube by a Slovenian musical artist as it reached over 400,000 views in less than three days.[44]

Awards[edit]

Year Category Voted by Result
2005 Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year Slovene sports journalists association Won
2010 Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year Slovene sports journalists association Won
2011 Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year Slovene sports journalists association Won
2012 Prince of Asturias Awards Sports category Nominated
2013 Sportswoman of the Year Women's Sports Foundation Nominated
Serge Lang Trophy – Skier of the Year International Association of Ski Journalists Won
Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year Slovene sports journalists association Won
World Athlete of the Year Chicago Tribune's 27th annual international sports award 2nd
European Athlete of the Year European Press Agencies led by PAP; women's category Won
2014 2013 AIPS European Female Athlete of the Year International Sports Press Association 2nd
Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year Various World Media journalists Nominated
Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year Slovene sports journalists association Won
World Sportswoman of the Year Gazzetta dello Sport readership[45] Won

Footnotes[edit]

  • A Crystal globes in combined have not been officially awarded for 2013 season. However, athletes still get their medals.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Tadeja Brankovič-Likozar
Flagbearer for  Slovenia
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
Tomaž Razingar